News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en Amazon's Kindle Voyage Exits Pre-Order Status, Sets Sail for Homes Today Starting at $199 http://www.maximumpc.com/amazons_kindle_voyage_exits_pre-order_status_sets_sail_homes_today_starting_199_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kindle_voyage.jpg" alt="Kindle Voyage" title="Kindle Voyage" width="228" height="223" style="float: right;" />Amazon's latest e-reader sports a next-generation paperwhite display</h3> <p>Though we haven't evaluated Amazon's recently announced Kindle Voyage for ourselves just yet, a peek around the web shows that it's getting generally favorable reviews, some of which are calling it the best e-reader yet. That's high praise at this stage of the game. If you want to check it out for yourself, here's a heads up that the <strong>Kindle Voyage is now in stock and shipping to homes</strong> starting at $199 (Wi-Fi with Special Offers).</p> <p>"Kindle Voyage is designed to disappear so you can lose yourself in a story," <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1979814" target="_blank">said Dave Limp</a>, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. "This is the most advanced Kindle we’ve ever built. Customer response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re working to build more as fast as we can. We can’t wait to get Kindle Voyage into the hands of readers starting today."</p> <p>The Kindle Voyage sports a high-resolution 300 ppi display that's supposed to read more like a printed page than ever before. It also comes with 4GB of internal storage to hold thousands of books, 802.11n Wi-Fi and optional 3G connectivity, free cloud storage for all Amazon content, pressure-based page turn sensors with haptic feedback, a built-in light that shines on the page, light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness, and a flush front bezel.</p> <p>It's a bit pricey, which is the consistent knock against the device, though the built-in light and high-resolution display might make the cost easier to swallow. Speaking of which, here's a price breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi w/ Special Offers: $199</li> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi w/o Special Offers: $219</li> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi + 3G w/ Special Offers: $269</li> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi + 3G w/o Special Offers: $289</li> </ul> <p>If you're interested in one, head over to the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOY8XWQ" target="_blank">Kindle Voyage's product page</a> on Amazon.</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/amazons_kindle_voyage_exits_pre-order_status_sets_sail_homes_today_starting_199_2014#comments amazon e-reader ebook reader Hardware kindle voyage mobile News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:54:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28757 at http://www.maximumpc.com Steam Posts Minimum System Requirements for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_posts_minimum_system_requirements_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/codadvancedwarfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare needs 6GB of RAM</h3> <p>If you've been wondering what it takes to run <strong>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you'll be happy to know that Steam has now posted minimum system requirements</strong>. All in all, you'll need a fairly respectable system to run the game -- among the requirements are 6GB of RAM and 55GB of free hard drive space, and that's just to get your foot in the door. What else do you need?</p> <p>According to <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/209650/" target="_blank">Steam's listing</a>, you'll need an Intel Core i3 530 processor clocked at 2.93GHz or an AMD Phenom II X4 810 clocked at 2.8GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 450 or ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, DirectX 11, broadband Internet connection, and Windows (Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, or Windows 8.1 64-bit).</p> <p>As for recommended system requirements, Activision is still mum on that front.</p> <p>CoD: Advanced Warfare releases to the public on November 4. Unlike previous CoD games, Advanced Warfare won't make use of a traditional heads-up display and will instead use holographic projections from whichever weapon you have equipped.</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_posts_minimum_system_requirements_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014#comments call of duty: advanced warfar cod games Software Steam News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:58:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28754 at http://www.maximumpc.com Globalfoundries is Buying IBM's Chip Business for Negative $1.5 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/globalfoundries_buying_ibms_chip_business_negative_15_billion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ibm_0.jpg" alt="IBM" title="IBM" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />Say what now?</h3> <p>Think you could sell ice to an Eskimo? Hey, that would be an impressive demonstration of your ability to make a sale, though it pales in comparison to Globalfoundries deal with IBM. As odd as it may sound on the surface, <strong>IBM today announced that it's offloading its semiconductor business to Globalfoundries</strong>, along with $1.5 billion in cash to be paid over the next three years.</p> <p>You read that right -- IBM is essentially paying Globalfoundries to take control of its chip business. On top of that, IBM will go through with its previously announced $3 billion investment over five years for semiconductor technology research, of which Globalfoundries will have primary access to.</p> <p>It's an unusual move, and on the surface, one would be excused for thinking IBM had gone and lost it marbles. However, IBM can justify the transaction because of two reasons.</p> <p>"While IBM has world-class technology and intellectual property, the company has lacked scale," IBM stated in a regulatory filing. "As a subscale business, IBM's microelectronic business has been generating losses."</p> <p>The semiconductor business had become a burden on IBM. By getting rid of it, IBM plans to further focus on fundamental semiconductor research and the development of future cloud, mobile, big data analytics, and secure transactions-optimized systems.</p> <p>As part of the deal, Globalfoundries gains all kinds of intellectual property, including thousands of patents.</p> <p>"This acquisition solidifies Globalfoundries' leadership position in semiconductor technology development and manufacturing," <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45110.wss" target="_blank">said Dr. Sanjay Jha</a>, CEO, Globalfoundries. "We can now offer our customers a broader range of differentiated leading-edge 3D transistor and RF technologies, and we will also improve our design ecosystem to accelerate time-to-revenue for our customers. This acquisition further strengthens advanced manufacturing in the United States, and builds on established relationships in New York and Vermont."</p> <p><a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45160.wss" target="_blank">IBM posted</a> a profit of $3.5 billion for its fiscal third quarter of 2014, down 17 percent from $4.1 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Straight and to the point, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said "We are disappointed in our performance," noting a marked slowdown in client buying behavior during the month of September.</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/globalfoundries_buying_ibms_chip_business_negative_15_billion_2014#comments acquisition globalfoundries ibm semiconductor News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:20:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28753 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google's Third Quarter Profit Misses Target as Advertising Growth Slows http://www.maximumpc.com/googles_third_quarter_profit_misses_target_advertising_growth_slows_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_2.jpg" alt="Google" title="Google" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Sultan of search reported $16.52 billion in Q3 revenues</h3> <p><strong>Google enjoyed another overall strong quarter for the period ended September 30, 2014</strong>, with consolidated revenues reaching $16.52 billion, a healthy jump of 20 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. However, some other numbers were down year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, Google reported $3.72 billion in operating income, or 23 percent of revenues, versus $3.76 billion, or 27 percent of revenues a year ago. Non-GAAP operating income came to $5.36 billion, or 32 percent of revenues, compared to $4.62 billion, or 34 percent of revenues in the third quarter of 2013.</p> <p>The search giant's <a href="https://investor.google.com/earnings/2014/Q3_google_earnings.html" target="_blank">profit was down</a> on a GAAP basis ($2.81 billion versus $2.97 billion a year ago) and up on a non-GAAP basis ($4.37 billion versus $3.28 billion a year ago). Either way, Google came up short of what analysts were expecting.</p> <p>Though revenue was up for the third quarter, the cost per click (average price Google receives each time a user clicks on an ad) dipped 2 percent compared to the previous quarter, and was flat compared to last year. Cost per click for Google sites dropped 1 percent sequentially and 4 percent year-over-year. The primary problem is that users are spending more time with mobile phones and less time on the desktop.</p> <p>Google's also invested money in its workforce -- the search company now home to 55,030 full-time employees, up from 52,069 full-time workers a year ago.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/meneamecomunicacions/2443884255" target="_blank">mename comunicacions</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/googles_third_quarter_profit_misses_target_advertising_growth_slows_2014#comments financial report Google revenue News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:41:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 28752 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Addresses Inequality and Other Topics in TV Interview http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_ceo_satya_nadella_addresses_inequality_and_other_topics_tv_interview_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/satya_nadella_3.jpg" alt="Satya Nadella" title="Satya Nadella" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />Satya Nadella's first TV interview since being named CEO of Microsoft</h3> <p><strong>Jon Fortt at <em>CNBC</em> sat down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for his first TV interview</strong> since becoming boss of the Redmond outfit. Nadella answered questions about Microsoft's cloud strategy, why he opposes a spinoff, and yes, he addressed recent controversial comments that were made in regards to women in the workplace, and specifically the issue of a pay discrepancy between men and women.</p> <p>The controversial comments came when Nadella was a guest speaker at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Speaking to a mostly female audience, Nadella suggested that women workers rely on karma for raises.</p> <p>"It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. Because that's good karma. It'll come back because somebody's going to know that's the kind of person that I want to trust," Nadella said.</p> <p>His comments were later criticized on the web. Fortt asked Nadella if he understands why what he said upset so many people and if he could elaborate on that. In response, Nadella said he spent several days reflecting on what's been a "very humbling experience," admitting that he was "completely wrong" in his answer to how women should promote themselves.</p> <p>"I basically took my own approach to how I approached my career and sprung it on half the humanity, and that was just insensitive," Nadella said.</p> <p>On the topic of cloud computing, Nadella said that any major company that's not already spending "four or five billion dollars each year to just grow your cloud, probably it's a little too late to enter the market." That's what Microsoft is doing, as are Amazon and Google, which are really the big three in that category.</p> <p>And what of splitting the Microsoft's consumer business from its enterprise efforts? Nadella is against the idea, choosing instead to focus on what he calls "dual-use," such as people using Windows and Office for their personal use, and taking it to work."</p> <p>There's a lot more to <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/102101302" target="_blank">digest here</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_ceo_satya_nadella_addresses_inequality_and_other_topics_tv_interview_2014#comments interview microsoft satya nadella News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:55:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28751 at http://www.maximumpc.com Mozilla Approved Matchstick Dongle Nearly Quadruples Funding Goal, New Features in Sight http://www.maximumpc.com/mozillas_matchstick_dongle_nearly_quadruples_funding_goal_new_features_sight_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/matchstick_0.jpg" alt="Matchstick" title="Matchstick" width="228" height="140" style="float: right;" />Local Play and Ad Hoc Mode are next</h3> <p>It only took 24 hours for <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/mozillas_25_matchstick_dongle_running_firefox_os_hits_kickstarter_2014">Mozilla's Matchstick HDMI dongle</a> to reach its targeted $100,000 funding goal on Kickstarter, and since then, the project has skyrocketed to more than $390,000 with 9 days still to go. However, this is where things interesting, as they often do on these crowdfunded sites. <strong>If Matchstick hits $500,000 in pledges, the developers will implement two frequently requested stretch goals -- Local Play and Ad Hoc mode</strong>.</p> <p>To quickly recap, Matchstick is the first HDMI stick based on Firefox OS. You plug it into your TV, connect to it via Wi-Fi, and stream and interact with the web. It's similar to Google's Chromecast dongle, except that Matchstick is a completely open hardware and software platform with no approval or oversight system in place.</p> <p>There are hundreds of apps in the Mozilla app store, and as the developer program ramps up, many of those existing ones (and lots of new ones) will become available on the Matchstick app store. At launch, the Matchstick team promises to deliver a core set of content through apps like YouTube, HBO Go, Pandora, and others.</p> <p>Should the project raise another $110,000 within the next 9 days, Local Play and Ad Hoc will join the party. Local Play will allow Matchstick to stream content from your own local media servers (located on the same LAN).</p> <p>"We will provide an app for you to access content on your local media servers (NAS, SAMBA, NFS) in a list view so you can navigate to the exact content you want to fling. Of course, APIs are available for those of you who want to develop your own apps to access you local content," <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matchstick/matchstick-the-streaming-stick-built-on-firefox-os/posts" target="_blank">Matchstick explains</a>.</p> <p>Local Play is one of the most requested features, though not as much as Ad Hoc mode, or peer to peer playback. This will allow you to play any content you have local, on your device, without a connection to the cloud -- just connect your phone or tablet directly to Matchstick and start streaming.</p> <p>If this sounds like something you want to support, or if you simply want to learn more, hit up the project's <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matchstick/matchstick-the-streaming-stick-built-on-firefox-os" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</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/mozillas_matchstick_dongle_nearly_quadruples_funding_goal_new_features_sight_2014#comments Dongle firefox os Hardware HDMI matchstick Mozilla News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:17:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28750 at http://www.maximumpc.com Report: Microsoft Smartwatch Announcement Imminent http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_smartwatch_announcement_imminent354 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/microsoft-wearable-watch.jpg" alt="Microsoft Readying Smartwatch" title="Microsoft Smartwatch" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Only a matter of weeks now</h3> <p>Microsoft, which first flirted with smartwatches through its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative all the way back in 2004, is rumored to be on the verge of re-entering the smartwatch market. A new report suggests that the <strong>company could launch a wearable device within the next few weeks. </strong></p> <p>This report comes to us from <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/10/19/microsoft-wearable-smartwatch/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>, which was also the first to report back in May that a “sensor-rich smartwatch” capable of syncing with iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones was in the works at Microsoft. According to the latest report, Microsoft is getting ready to unveil the device in the next few weeks. Forbes has further learned from sources close to the development effort that the plan is to make the device available soon after the launch so as to make the most of the coming holiday season.&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />Other than cross-platform compatibility, the device is said to be capable of lasting two days on a single charge despite constantly tracking the wearer’s heart rate — this monitoring functionality reportedly relies on company’s extensive optical engineering know-how.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: BizJournals</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_smartwatch_announcement_imminent354#comments android heart rate monitor ios kinect microsoft smartwatch spot Wearable windows phone News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:14:36 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28747 at http://www.maximumpc.com Are Chrome and Android About to Merge? http://www.maximumpc.com/are_chrome_and_android_about_merge721 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/chrome-android-merger.jpg" alt="Chrome-Android Merger" title="Chrome-Android Merger" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Recent management change suggests so</h3> <p>Talk of Android and Chrome OS merging into a single platform is nothing new. It has been around since the day Google first lifted the curtain on the cloud-based operating system, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitting as far back as 2009 that the two appeared likely to “converge over time”. Now, per the <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/17/executive-change-latest-hint-of-chrome-android-marriage/" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, such a <strong>merger is looking more and more likely in light of a recent management change inside the software behemoth.<br /></strong></p> <p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering at Google’s Android division, has now also been entrusted with the task of overseeing the Chrome engineering team. Google previously had Linus Upson in this role. </p> <p>This move shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. We have now finally begun to see some synergy between the two platforms, with Google last month bringing the first batch of Android apps — Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine — to the cloud OS. These apps run on Chrome using using the App Runtime for Chrome (beta), a project the company announced at Google I/O in June. The company is now “working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.” To us, it looks more like the “Androidifcation” of Chrome than a merger. What do you think?</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Chrome Story</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on<a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank"> Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/are_chrome_and_android_about_merge721#comments android app runtime for chrome chrome os Hiroshi Lockheimer linus upson Software News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:42:56 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28746 at http://www.maximumpc.com This HDMI Stick Rocks a Bay Trail Chip, Supports Windows 8.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/hdmi_stick_rocks_bay_trail_chip_supports_windows_817 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/windows-81-intel-usb.jpg" alt="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" title="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A thumb drive-sized PC powered by a quad-core Bay Trail Atom SoC</h3> <p>ARM clearly has the PC-on-a-stick niche cornered. What’s more, it has enjoyed a near unmolested run at the top in this category. But this might be set to change. Some Chinese suppliers have begun selling a <a href="http://liliputing.com/2014/10/windows-compatible-hdmi-tv-stick-intel-bay-trail-cpu.html" target="_blank">diminutive Bay Trail-powered PC the size of a USB stick. </a></p> <p>The device in question packs a quad-core <a href="http://ark.intel.com/products/80274/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3735F-2M-Cache-up-to-1_83-GHz" target="_blank">Intel Atom Z3735F/G</a> chip with a clock speed of 1.3GHz (up to 1.83GHz burst frequency). Capable of running a wide variety of operating systems including Windows 8.1 and Android, this <a href="http://cew.en.alibaba.com/product/60038541335-800254009/2014_latest_Meegopad_Intel_Quad_Core_Z3735F_windows8_1_mini_pc_dongle_TV_dongle_windows_Android_Linux_Ubantu_set_top_box.html" target="_blank">thumb drive-sized PC</a> comes with up to 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, and one HDMI out port.</p> <p>A Chinese seller on Aliexpress is selling this <a href="http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sell-Mini-PC-with-both-Android-Windows-8-system/2044898752.html" target="_blank">mini PC for $110 a pop (shipping extra)</a>. However, it’s not clear whether this price is for the the basic version or the best configuration. The former has a Z3735G chip, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hdmi_stick_rocks_bay_trail_chip_supports_windows_817#comments android bay trail Hardware HDMI intel pc-on-a-stick windows 8.1 News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:42:24 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28745 at http://www.maximumpc.com Patent Troll’s Bid to Benefit from Windows Live Tiles Falls Flat http://www.maximumpc.com/patent_troll%E2%80%99s_bid_benefit_windows_live_tiles_falls_flat787 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u57670/mango3.jpg" alt="Live Tiles on a Windows Phone" title="Live Tiles " width="228" height="115" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>All patent claims ruled ‘unpatentable’</h3> <p>Microsoft is not the only company to have pinned high hopes on Windows Live Tiles and been let down. The user interface element that has come to be associated with Windows 8’s well-documented alienation of desktop users has been at the center of a patent lawsuit since 2012.&nbsp; A little-known Portland, Maine-based company named <a href="http://www.surfcast.com/" target="_blank">Surfcast</a>, which inhabits the obscure realm of “operating system technology” design, suddenly shot to attention a couple of years back, when it filed a <strong>lawsuit against Microsoft, accusing the latter of infringing on one of its patents with Live Tiles.</strong> The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on Monday gave its <a href="http://seattletimes.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/microsoftpri0/files/2014/10/USPTO-MS-vs-SurfCast.pdf">final written decision in an inter partes review (IPR) of patent 6,724,403 (the “'403 patent”)</a> and sadly for Surfcast, Live Tiles are just as difficult to make money from as ever.</p> <p>In its final written decision, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board declared as many as <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/microsoftpri0/2014/10/17/microsoft-notches-a-victory-in-ongoing-lawsuit-over-live-tiles/">52 of Surfcast’s patent claims “unpatentable.”</a> Now this wouldn’t have been such a huge problem had the total number of claims in Surfcast’s patent not been exactly 52. Ouch!</p> <p>“Microsoft has shown by a preponderance of the evidence that claims 1–52 of the ’403 patent are unpatentable,” the board said in its decision.&nbsp; Further, the board also denied Surfcast’s motion to amend claims.</p> <p>Anyway, here’s an excerpt from <a href="https://www.google.com/patents/US6724403?dq=surfcast+tile&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=IVhEVP2zIMGxuAS-zYGgDQ&amp;ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA" target="_blank">the ’403 patent</a> describing Surfcast’s proposed tiles-based interface:&nbsp; “The present invention comprises a grid of tiles that resides on the user's computer desktop. The grid of tiles provides a uniform, graphical environment in which a user can access, operate, and/or control multiple data sources on electronic devices. The graphical environment is uniform with respect to the source of accessed information and can manage multiple streams of content, entirely of the user's choice. For example, the invention presents video clips, e-mail messages, television shows, Internet sites, application programs, data files and folders, live video streams, music, radio shows, and any other form of analog signal, digital data or electronically stored information, to the user uniformly and simultaneously, regardless of whether the information is stored locally or available via modem, T1 line, infrared, or any other form of communication.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/patent_troll%E2%80%99s_bid_benefit_windows_live_tiles_falls_flat787#comments inter partes review lawsuit live tiles microsoft patent Patent Troll surfcast UI windows 8 windows 8.1 windows phone News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:34:08 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28744 at http://www.maximumpc.com 40 Awesome 3D Wallpapers http://www.maximumpc.com/40_awesome_3d_wallpapers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/avp.jpg" alt="avp" title="avp" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />Deck out your desktop with some awesome 3D wallpapers</h3> <p>Bold <strong>3D wallpapers</strong> are a growing trend that we happen to think look extremely cool. They often are beautifully rendered, have interesting subject matter, and feel like you can reach out and touch them. Whether you're looking for some additions to spice up your collection or needing some new desktop adornments, we've rounded up 40 of the best 3D wallpapers we could find, with some fun geeky surprises here and there.</p> <p><strong>Warning:</strong> Before you continue willy-nilly downloading wallpapers, do understand that we can't be held accountable for any third-party links you download. Many of these websites may be plagued with adware. We suggest you read our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/how_to_download_2013" target="_blank">how-to-download-without-installing-adware article</a>&nbsp;in case you plan on downloading from third-party sites.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/40_awesome_3d_wallpapers#comments 3d wallpapers background customization Desktop News Features Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:52:10 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27296 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Starts Accepting Pre-Orders for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_starts_accepting_pre-orders_ipad_air_2_and_ipad_mini_3_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ipad_air_2.jpg" alt="iPad Air 2" title="iPad Air 2" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />New tablets all around</h3> <p>Market research firms like Gartner report that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_blames_slowdown_tablet_growth_hybrid_2--1_devices_2014" target="_blank">tablet growth is slowing</a> as consumers are <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_tablet_adoption_peaked_consumers_going_back_pc_purchases_2014" target="_blank">reluctant to upgrade</a>, but be that as it may, it hasn't stopped Google and Apple from releasing new models. Google earlier this week unveiled it's <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/google_unveils_nexus_9_tablet_64-bit_tegra_k1_inside_2014">HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet</a> with a 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC inside, and following yesterday's press event, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/google_unveils_nexus_9_tablet_64-bit_tegra_k1_inside_2014" target="_blank">Apple is now taking pre-orders for its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 slates</a>.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 is thinner than its predecessor at 6.1mm and faster courtesy of its custom A8X processor. It also features a Touch ID sensor, improved FaceTime HD camera that's better equipped to take those all-important selfies, and a superior 8MP rear camera that can take burst photos, timelapse videos, and record in slo-mode.</p> <p>Apple also upgraded the Wi-Fi to 802.11ac MIMO supporting data rates up to 866Mbps, along with faster LTE connectivity (up to 150Mbps).</p> <p>As for the iPad mini 3, not much is different, other than it too has a Touch ID sensor and comes with a gold color option.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 runs $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB. LTE versions of each one carry a $130 premium. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 costs $399 and up.</p> <p>You can place your <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/ipad" target="_blank">pre-order on Apple's website</a>. Incidentally, Google's Nexus 9 will also be up for <a href="http://www.google.com/nexus/9/" target="_blank">pre-order sometime today</a> (scroll down) through Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop.</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/apple_starts_accepting_pre-orders_ipad_air_2_and_ipad_mini_3_2014#comments apple Hardware ipad air 2 ipad mini 3 mobile slate tablet News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28743 at http://www.maximumpc.com Play 10 Titles on Steam for Free Until Sunday http://www.maximumpc.com/play_10_titles_steam_free_until_sunday_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_free_weekend_weekend.jpg" alt="Steam Free Weekend Weekend" title="Steam Free Weekend Weekend" width="228" height="232" style="float: right;" />No reason to be bored this weekend</h3> <p>Did your significant other break up with you recently? Are your friends out of town on business trips? Whatever the reason is for your weekend being in need of filling, Steam has you covered. <strong>Going on now is Steam's first ever "Free Weekend Weekend," which features 10 games that you can play for free up through Sunday, October 19, at 1 PM Pacific</strong>. If you like any or all of them, you can purchase each one at a discount.</p> <p>The temporarily free to play and discounted titles include:</p> <ul> <li>Payday 2 ($7.49, down from $29.99)</li> <li>Company of Heroes 2 ($9.99, down from $39.99)</li> <li>Awesomenauts ($2.49, down from $9.99)</li> <li>Don't Starve ($5.09, down from $14.99)</li> <li>Trine 2: Complete Story ($3.99, down from $19.99)</li> <li>GRID 2 ($7.49, down from $29.99)</li> <li>Killing Floor ($4.99, down from $19.99)</li> <li>Blade Symphony ($3.74, down from $14.99)</li> <li>XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.50, down from $29.99)</li> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition ($9.99, down from $19.99)</li> </ul> <p>The discounts range from 50 percent off on up to 80 percent off, with the majority marked down 75 percent. Though you have until the afternoon on Sunday to play for free, the discounts will remain in effect until Monday, October 20, at 10 AM Pacific, <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/news/14681/" target="_blank">Steam says</a>.</p> <p>You can check out the Free Weekend Weekend games <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/free_weekend_weekend" target="_blank">here</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/play_10_titles_steam_free_until_sunday_2014#comments free games Steam News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:35:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28742 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Inside is Now Available to Pre-Order http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_chromebook_2_intel_inside_now_available_pre-order_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_2_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook 2" title="Samsung Chromebook 2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Leather-wrapped Chromebook 2 models from Samsung start at $250</h3> <p>If the only thing that's stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is that you're waiting for a company to stitch a strip of leather-like material to the lid, well, you're in luck. <strong>Samsung today announced that it's taking pre-orders for its 11.6-inch Chromebook 2</strong>. According to Samsung, the build is nearly seamless, supported by a strong metal frame from top to bottom and covered with a leather-like case, giving the system the appearance of an expensive briefcase.</p> <p>Not just for looks, <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141017005036/en/Samsung-Chromebook-2-Intel%C2%AE-Processor#.VEEtuPldVCg" target="_blank">Samsung says</a> there's a function to the material -- it makes the Chromebook 2 easier to grip and hold, which the company points out is especially important for students and children. That's a good point, considering that Chromebooks are becoming popular in education circles.</p> <p>The Chromebook 2 sports an Intel Celeron N2840 processor (2.58GHz, 1MB L2 cache) inside, along with 2GB of DDR3L-1333 RAM. It also features a 1366x768 resolution, 16GB of internal storage, Intel HD Graphics, a pair of 2W stereo speakers, 720p HD webcam, and up to 9 hours of battery life.</p> <p>As for dimensions, the Chromebook 2 measures 11.40 x 8.6 x 0.66 inches and weighs just 2.65 pounds.</p> <p>You can pre-order the Chromebook 2 for $250 on <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/chromebook" target="_blank">Samsung's website</a>, or at least you will be able to sometime today (we're not seeing the listing at the time of this writing). It will be widely available next week.</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/samsung_chromebook_2_intel_inside_now_available_pre-order_2014#comments chrome os chromebook 2 Google intel laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs samsung News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:16:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28741 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Sees Decline in Computing and Graphics Segment, Readies for Round of Layoffs http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_sees_decline_computing_and_graphics_segment_readies_round_layoffs_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_building_2.jpg" alt="AMD Building" title="AMD Building" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Santa Clara chip designer plans to reduce headcount by 7 percent</h3> <p><strong>AMD's revenue for its fiscal third quarter of 2014 was flat sequentially and down 2 percent year-over-year at $1.43 billion</strong>, though the company still eeked out a $17 million profit, or $0.02 per share, along with operating income of $63 million. However, AMD's Computing and Graphics segment -- desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics -- took a 6 percent sequential hit and declined 16 percent year-over-year.</p> <p>"AMD's third quarter financial performance reflects progress in diversifying our business," <a href="http://ir.amd.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=74093&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1978751" target="_blank">said Dr. Lisa Su</a>, AMD president and CEO. "Our Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment results were strong; however, performance in our Computing and Graphics segment was mixed based on challenging market conditions that require us to take further steps to evolve and strengthen the financial performance of this business. Our top priority is to deliver leadership technologies and products as we continue to transform AMD."</p> <p>Part of Dr. Su's restructuring plan for AMD includes laying off 7 percent of the company's workforce, most of which will be completed by the end of the year. This will result in a restructuring and impairment charge of around $57 million next quarter, primarily related to severance packages, and a restructuring charge of around $13 million in the first half of next year that will be mostly related to real estate actions.</p> <p>"While decisions that impact the size of our global team are never entered into lightly, this is the right step to ensure we prioritize our resources and engineering investments in our highest-priority opportunities that can drive improved profitability and long-term growth," said Dr. Su.</p> <p>Heading into next quarter, AMD expects revenue to decrease 13 percent sequentially, plus or minus 3 percent.</p> <p>News of AMD's rough quarter, impending layoffs, and expected decrease in revenue next quarter prompted investors to hit the sell button. Shares of AMD tumbled more than 8 percent to $2.42 in after hours trading before recovering slightly to $2.64 today.</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/amd_sees_decline_computing_and_graphics_segment_readies_round_layoffs_2014#comments amd layoffs revenue News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:33:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28740 at http://www.maximumpc.com