News en Amazon Pries Loose Select HBO Programming for Prime Instant Video Streaming <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hbo_prime.jpg" alt="HBO Prime" title="HBO Prime" width="228" height="112" style="float: right;" />Sopranos, Band of Brothers, and other HBO originals are coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video</h3> <p>Color us impressed with Amazon's negotiating skills. HBO has kept a tight grip on its content and doesn't care to have its shows streamed outside of its HBO Go application, which is only available to HBO subscribers, but for the first time, that's about to change. <strong>Amazon today announced it inked a content licensing agreement with HBO</strong> that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming.</p> <p>Before you start jumping up and down thinking you'll finally get to see what all the fuss is about with Game of Thrones, the hit original series isn't part of the package -- drats! However, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you will have access to some older award-winning shows -- Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound &amp; Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, Band of Brothers, John Adams, and more.</p> <p>Make no mistake, this is a huge win for Amazon in the streaming wars, and it comes right on the heels of its Fire TV set-top box launch (side note: HBO Go is coming to Fire TV).</p> <p><a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1921211&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">Amazon says</a> the first wave of content will arrive on Prime Instant Video May 21. As time goes on, more shows will be added to the mix -- Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep to name a few -- along with comedy specials featuring Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK, and Bill Maher.</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 hbo prime instant video streaming News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27681 at Samsung's Trio of Galaxy Tab 4 Tablets Land in the U.S. Next Week <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_tab_4_tablets.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Tablets" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Tablets" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Mark your calendars for May 1 (if you want one)</h3> <p><strong>Samsung on Wednesday announced that it's Galaxy Tab 4 family of tablets will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1</strong> starting at $200. There are three different size options -- 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch, all three of which will be available to pre-order tomorrow. Though each of the three tablets features a different size display, each one has the same resolution (1280x800).</p> <p>That's a bit of a buzz kill when tablet makers are pushing the envelope with densely packed pixels, though none of these carry a premium price tag. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will retail for $200, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for $270, and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for $350.</p> <p>A 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM power the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 model. It also features 16GB of onboard storage, microSD card slot, 3MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, stereo speaker, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 6,800mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_tab_4.jpg" alt="Galaxy Tab 4" title="Galaxy Tab 4" width="545" height="393" /></p> <p>You'll find the same specs on the 8-inch and 7-inch models, except the 8-inch version has a 4,450mAh battery and the 7-inch is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery. There's also an 8GB storage option for the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4.</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> galaxy tab 4 mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:21:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 27680 at AnTuTu Benchmark Supposedly Spills the Beans on Nvidia's Shield 2 Console <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/shield_2.jpg" alt="Shield" title="Shield" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>What could be Nvidia's second generation Shield console makes a benchmark run on AnTuTu</h3> <p>It's been a little less than nine months since Nvidia released its <a href="">Shield handheld game console</a> to the public, and while there have been software updates since then, there's already talk of a second generation model with improved hardware. While this hasn't been confirmed as the real deal, news of a <strong>Shield 2 making a benchmarking run at AnTuTu</strong> is making the rounds. Care to venture a guess about its hardware?</p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">benchmark stats</a>, which was first noticed by <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>, the supposed Shield 2 wields an Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a Kepler GPU comprised of 192 CUDA cores. The System-on-Chip (SOC) is flanked by 4GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.</p> <p>The screen resolution is listed at 1440x810, which could indicate that 90 pixels in height are taken up by the on-screen navigation bar. Rounding out the spec sheet is a 0.3MP front-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device scored 44,500 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.</p> <p>A typo in the spec sheet on AnTuTu gets our BS meter tingling, so take this one with a dash of salt.</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> antutu console Gaming handheld Hardware mobile nvidia shield shield 2 News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:53:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 27679 at ARM Extends Reach in First Quarter, Posts 38 Percent Jump in Licensing Revenue <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/arm_0.jpg" alt="ARM Scrabble" title="ARM Scrabble" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />ARM-based chip shipments totaled 2.9 billion in Q1</h3> <p>AMD and Intel have their work cut out for them as both companies try to wrestle mobile market share away from ARM. <strong>To kick off the first quarter of 2014, ARM Holdings reported total revenues of $305.2 million</strong>, up 16 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. That includes a 38 percent year-on-year increase in processor licensing revenue derived from 2.9 billion ARM-based chip shipments in Q1, which itself is up 11 percent compared to last year.</p> <p>It's not just smartphones and tablets that are driving ARM-based processor shipments, but also servers, supercomputers, and other segments.</p> <p>"Q1 was a good start to the year for ARM, with more customers choosing to license ARM technology for their future products, which helped drive ARM’s revenues. Licenses are a precursor to future royalty revenues. Our customers are signing licenses with a view to designing ARM technology into an increasingly wide range of markets from servers and supercomputers to embedded sensors and enterprise networking applications and thereby underpinning ARM's future royalty opportunity," <a href="" target="_blank">noted ARM CEO Simon Segars</a>.</p> <p>Licensing is a big part of ARM's business strategy. Out of the $305.2 million in total revenues it collected in Q1, $129.9 million come from licensing its technologies to companies like Nvidia and Qualcomm. However, ARM isn't immune to market conditions and was affected by lower than expected sales of high-end smartphones running chips based on its IP. As a result, ARM's royalty revenue was $5 million lower than it was in the same quarter a year ago.</p> <p>"ARM’s royalty revenues in Q1 2014 were impacted by an inventory correction which particularly affected mobile and consumer electronics. As a result, both the year-on-year growth in ARM’s royalty revenues and the outperformance compared to overall industry growth are lower this quarter than seen in most recent periods," Segars added. "Inventory corrections of this type occur in the industry from time to time, the last one occurring in H1 2012."</p> <p>Another explanation is that the high-end smartphone market is starting to become saturated, though ARM is firm in its belief that the drop in royalty revenue is a temporary blip.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Simon Cunningham)</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> ARM financial report mobile processor revenue News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:16:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 27678 at AMD Catalyst 14.4 Release Candidate Adds Support for Radeon R9 295X2 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/295x2.jpg" alt="Radeon R9 295X2" title="Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="111" style="float: right;" />Say goodbye to flickering in Titanfall when running CrossFire</h3> <p><strong>AMD this week made available to download its Catalyst 14.4 driver in Release Candidate (RC) form</strong>. The release follows the launch of AMD's dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, which the Catalyst 14.4 RC drivers support. It also boasts full support for OpenGL 4.4, Mantle beta driver improvements, CrossFire fixes and enhancements, and a spattering of bug fixes, including the resolution of game flickering in Titanfall when CrossFire is enabled.</p> <p>According to the release notes, the latest RC offers frame racing improvements in Crysis 3, better performance in Far Cry when running three or four GPUs at high quality settings and high resolution, improved CrossFire scaling in Anno 2070 by up to 34 percent, improved CrossFire scaling in Metro Last Light by up to 10 percent, improved Eyefinity 3x1 support with three 4K panels, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p>You can check out the full list of fixes and download the RC drivers <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> amd catalyst 14.4 Drivers radeon r9 295x2 Release Candidate Software News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:33:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27677 at NZXT Phantom 240 Case Floats an Affordable $70 Price Tag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nzxt_phantom_240.jpg" alt="NZXT Phantom 240" title="NZXT Phantom 240" width="228" height="242" style="float: right;" />The least expensive Phantom to date</h3> <p>If you're a fan of NZXT's Phantom case line but tend to gravitate towards less expensive enclosures, you might be interested in the company's newest offering, the Phantom 240. <strong>NZXT's newly released Phantom 240 carries a $70 MSRP</strong>, making it the most affordable Phantom yet. It also sports a new design with a full-view window while maintaining its asymmetrical shape and comes with two FN V2 120mm case fans.</p> <p>Need more cooling? There's room for an additional 120mm fan up front, another on the bottom, and two more on top (or you can opt for 140mm fans on top). Once you've got your airflow scheme figured out, you can route cables out of the way using the 17mm of cable management space behind the right-side panel that NZXT provides. You'll also find seven routing holes and over 20 zip tie points to help with cable management.</p> <p>There's a removable drive cage to make room for extra long graphics cards (up to 400mm without the cage, versus 290mm with the cage). All tallied, the Phantom 240 features three optical bays, six 2.5-inch drive bays, and six 3.5-inc drive bays. On the outside, the I/O panel features audio inputs and two USB 3.0 ports.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Phantom 240</a> will be available soon.</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> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware mid-tower nzxt p240 phantom 240 News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 27676 at Benq Starts Shipping XL-Z Series Monitors Aimed at FPS Gamers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_monitor.jpg" alt="Benq XL-Z Monitor" title="Benq XL-Z Monitor" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Benq's XL-Z monitors are specifically intended for FPS gamers</h3> <p>Holy buzzwords, Batman -- Benq is pulling out all kinds of fancy pants terms to describe its new XL-Z series of first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors. <strong>Benq says its XL-Z series monitors have begun shipping</strong>, and if you're a gamer -- particularly an FPS gamer -- the company has several reasons why you might be interested in one of its displays, starting with RevolutionEyes technology.</p> <p>What exactly is it? Good question, so we looked it up. Revolution Eyes is essentially what Benq is calling its collection of technologies that makes its XL-Z series the bees knees. Things like Motion Blur Reduction, Low Blue Light, ZeroFlicker, gaming refresh rate optimization management (GROM), and a 1ms GTG response time are among them. Here, have yourself a look at Benq's YouTube video for a bit more detail:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>"The design of our gaming monitors reflects our overall philosophy of delivering market-first features that give gamers an opportunity to conquer the game. That's why we design all of our gaming products in close collaboration with professional gamers," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. "With the latest release of our XL-Z series, we've pushed the limits of performance once again by becoming the first major brand to provide Motion Blur Reduction technology for smoother game play. Add in our other exclusive features, and the XL-Z series gives players fully loaded monitors made to turn opponents on their heads."</p> <p>There are three XL-Z series monitors too choose from. They include the <a href="" target="_blank">XL2720Z</a> ($529), XL2420Z ($500), and $XL2411Z ($329).</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> BenQ Build a PC display FPS Gaming Hardware monitor xl-z News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:59:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 27675 at Netflix Posts $1 Billion in Quarterly Streaming, Subscription Price Hike is Coming <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/netflix_oitnb.jpg" alt="Netflix OITNB" title="Netflix OITNB" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Netflix is planning to bump up its subscription price by up to $2 for new subscribers</h3> <p>On hindsight, going nearly all-in with streaming was definitely the right choice for Netflix. While the company's DVD-by-mail generated $98 million during the first quarter of 2014, Netflix's streaming revenue topped $1 billion. That's a pretty big disparity and Netflix expects the gap to widen even more each quarter. At the same time, the cost of doing business isn't getting cheaper these days, and <strong>if you're thinking about joining Netflix, do it before the price goes up</strong>.</p> <p>In a <a href="" target="_blank">letter to shareholders (PDF)</a>, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells announced that a price hike is likely to occur later this quarter, however it will only apply to new members initially.</p> <p>"In the U.S. we have greatly improved our content selection since we introduced our streaming plan in 2010 at $7.99 per month. Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only," Hastings and Wells said.</p> <p>As for existing subscribers, they'll stay at their current pricing, which will remain in effect "for a generous time period." The money generated from raising the price for new subscribers will help Netflix acquire more content and improve its streaming service.</p> <p>Though Hastings and Wells don't come right out and say it, another reason for the price hike could be to cover costs associated with ensuring its traffic is delivered to subscribers unabated. Netflix recently inked a multi-year agreement with Comcast that guarantees the ISP won't throttle its traffic, which means far less buffering and higher quality feeds, especially during peak hours.</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> NetFlix revenue streaming News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:22:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 27674 at Heads Up: EVGA Now Offers Individually Sleeved Cables for G2 and P2 Power Supply Series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sleeved_cable.jpg" alt="EVGA Sleeved Cable" title="EVGA Sleeved Cable" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />No visible heat shrink tubing</h3> <p>There are at least a million and one different ways to trick out your PC. One of those ways is to individually sleeve all the wiring for your power supply. The end result looks pretty sweet, assuming you don't drive yourself insane before completing the tedious task. Like most anything else, there's an alternate path to the same end -- toss money at it. If you're willing to pay for the luxury, <strong>EVGA will now sell you individually sleeved cable sets</strong> that support all SuperNova G2 and P2 power supply series.</p> <p>The cable sets are available in red, black, white, and blue. Each kit consists of individually sleeved cables with no visible heat shrink tubing. They come with:</p> <ul> <li>1 x 24-pin ATX cable</li> <li>2 x 4+4 pin EPS12V CPU cable</li> <li>4 x 6+2 pin PCI-E VGA cables</li> <li>2 x 6+2 pin + 6-pin PCI E VGA cables</li> <li>4 x 3 SATA cables</li> <li>1 x 3 Molex cable</li> <li>1 x 2 Molex cable + 1 floppy connector</li> </ul> <p><img src="/files/u69/blue_sleeved_cable.jpg" alt="EVGA Blue Sleeved Cable" title="EVGA Blue Sleeved Cable" width="620" height="488" /></p> <p>Each sleeved cable set runs $90; they're available to <a href=";family=Power+Supplies&amp;chipset=+Power+Supply+Cable+Set+(Individually+Sleeved)" target="_blank">purchase now</a> direct from EVGA.</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> Build a PC evga g2 Hardware p2 power supply PSU sleeved cables supernova News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:53:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 27673 at Microsoft Clears Regulatory Hurdles, Will Close Nokia Deal April 25 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nokia_windows_phone_0.jpg" alt="Nokia Windows Phone" title="Nokia Windows Phone" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Only a few days remain before Microsoft closes its acquisition of Nokia's mobile business</h3> <p>If things had gone exactly to plan, Microsoft would have tied the knot with Nokia by now. However, red tape is sometimes sticky business, especially when it's coming from all directions. Regardless, <strong>Microsoft today announced that it's completed all the necessary steps to finalize its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business </strong>(mobile handsets and such, in other words). The transaction will be complete on Friday, April 25.</p> <p>The delay gave Microsoft and Nokia time to hammer out some additional specifics. For example, the original deal didn't make any mention of online asset management, but the two sides have since agreed that Microsoft will manage the domain and social media sites for up to a year.</p> <p>Microsoft also convinced Nokia to transfer its 21 employees in China working on mobile phones to join the Redmond outfit, whereas previously all workers in Nokia's Chief Technology Office would continue employment at Nokia.</p> <p>"The completion of this acquisition follows several months of planning and will mark a key step on the journey towards integration. This acquisition will help Microsoft accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones. In addition, we look forward to introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones," Microsoft stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Timing of the finalized deal comes just as Microsoft has begun rolling out its <a href="" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1 update</a> with Cortana voice assistant software.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (Janitors)</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> acquisition microsoft mobile Nokia News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:06:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27671 at AT&T Plans 1Gbps Push into 21 Additional Metropolitan Areas <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/att_1gbps.jpg" alt="Ethernet Cable" title="Ethernet Cable" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />Faster Internet service could be coming to your city in the near future</h3> <p>Forget about data caps, service fees, and other buzz kills of the broadband era. In regards to the high-speed infrastructure that can deliver blistering fast downloads, <strong>AT&amp;T on Monday announced a major initiative to expand its fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities</strong> and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. This fiber network is the tunnel through which AT&amp;T's U-verse with GigaPower service travels through.</p> <p>For couch potatoes, that means access to AT&amp;T's advanced TV services, and for Internet users, we're talking up to 1Gbps service. At that speed, you could download 25 songs in a single second, a TV show in 3 seconds, and a high-definition movie in as little as 36 seconds, assuming perfect conditions.</p> <p>"We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development," <a href="" target="_blank">said Lori Lee</a>, senior executive vice president, AT&amp;T Home Solutions. "We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies."</p> <p>The 21 lucky metropolitan candidates include Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.</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> 1Gbps at&t broadband gigabit gigapower Internet online u-verse News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:27:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 27670 at G.Skill First to Offer Low Voltage DDR3 Laptop Memory Clocked at 2133MHz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_ripjaws_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws" title="G.Skill Ripjaws" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Low voltage RAM for mobile enthusiasts</h3> <p>Little by little, we're seeing memory makers push the envelope in mobile and small form factor (SFF) setups by introducing high-performance SO-DIMM RAM. So it goes with <strong>G.Skill, which claims its latest Ripjaws are the industry's first DDR3L SO-DIMM clocked at a blistering fast 2133MHz</strong>. Not only is this a high-performance memory kit, it's also available in large capacities, up to 32GB (4x8GB).</p> <p>G.Skill's DDR3L kit operates at just 1.35V yet is able to reach 2133MHz with 11-11-11-31 timings. The sales pitch from G.Skill is that you're getting desktop performance and capacity on a laptop, and we won't argue against that claim assuming the kit works as advertised. It's also worth mentioning that SO-DIMM memory is becoming popular in SFF systems and mini PCs, like Intel's NUC and other similar systems.</p> <p>G.Skill posted a series of screenshots of its RAM powering an MSI GT70 2OC gaming laptop and running stable "under extreme load." MemTest shows no errors as the laptop successfully completes a Hyper Pi run with 97 percent RAM usage.</p> <p>There's no mention of price or availability, though as a point of reference, G.Skill's <a href="" target="_blank">equivalent on the desktop</a> runs about $330 street.</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> Build a PC ddr3l g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws SO-DIMM News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 27668 at AMD Revitalizes Never Settle Game Bundle, Save Codes for Future Use <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_gaming.jpg" alt="AMD Gaming" title="AMD Gaming" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Score free games with the purchase of select AMD graphics cards from qualifying vendors</h3> <p>In an effort to help tip the scales in its favor, AMD's been enticing gamers in need of a new graphics card with free game offers if they purchase a select Radeon GPU. AMD's Never Settle bundle has proved popular and continues to evolve with better offers and more robust terms. With that in mind, <strong>AMD just expanded its Never Settle Forever program</strong> to include more titles, more graphics card options, and a delayed redemption option.</p> <p>For the first time as part of the Never Settle promotion, AMD is letting gamers save their codes in anticipation of upcoming titles. The codes issued now are good until August 31, 2014, which is a little more than four months away. AMD didn't say which upcoming games will quality for redemption, but it's a neat option for those who already own many of the games being offered or otherwise aren't intrigued by the current crop of games.</p> <p>Another change is the introduction of indie packs. Indie packs consist of two games from independent developers, but they're bundled as one and only count as one choice in your reward tier. These aren't necessarily crap titles, either -- AMD says they're among the top downloads on Steam.</p> <p>As for the reward tiers, those who purchase a Radeon R9 295X2, 290 series, or 280 series graphics card from a qualifying vendor are eligible for the Gold tier. This includes three selections from a bunch of title options made up of Thief, Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Just Cause 2, and many more.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/neversettleforever.jpg" alt="AMD Never Settle Forever" title="AMD Never Settle Forever" width="620" height="364" /></p> <p>Those who purchase a Radeon R9 270 series or R7 260 series qualify for the Silver tier and can choose two free games, while purchasers of the R7 250 series or R7 240 fall into the Bronze category and can select a single title.</p> <p>For more details, along with where to purchase a qualifying graphics card, visit AMD's <a href="" target="_blank">Never Settle Forever</a> page.</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> amd games Hardware never settle Software News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:33:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 27667 at AMD's A-Series 64-bit ARM Server SoCs Begin Sampling; Launch Set for Fourth Quarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Opteron A1100" title="Opteron A1100" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Opteron A1100 chips support up to eight 28nm Cortex A57 cores</h3> <p><strong>AMD began sampling its Opteron A1100 64-bit ARM processors (codenamed “Seattle”) last month</strong>, the chipmaker announced during its first quarter financial results conference call Thursday. Hailing it as a key milestone “in our ambidextrous strategy,” AMD CEO Rory Read said that the company planned to <a href="" target="_blank">begin shipping the chips in the final quarter of 2014.</a></p> <p>"We have introduced Seattle, our first 64-bit ARM server processor and the industry's first at 28nm technology, positioning AMD as the only SoC provider to bridge the x86 and ARM ecosystems for server applications," Read said. "We're catching it just as the wave is forming. This is going to be an important market over the next three, five, 10 years."</p> <p>Meanwhile, Lisa Su, AMD's SVP and GM of global business units, talked of the immense interest Seattle has managed to inspire in customers. But even she isn’t sure how much of that interest will actually translate into revenue for the beleaguered company. "Relative to revenue, it's probably too early to tell what's going to happen in 2015,” she said, “but I'd say the interest in the platform is quite high.”</p> <p>“I think the important thing for us and what we're working with the customers on is platform development and software development and ensuring that we get some of the ecosystem there.”</p> <p>When asked about Seattle finding its way into SeaMicro systems, Su had this to say: “One of the advantages of having a systems business is that we can do co-development between our chip development and our systems development. So it will be quite important for us to have Seattle in SeaMicro systems, and that’s in development.” However, she refused to put a date on the launch of such SeaMicro Fabric servers, clarifying that the “Q4 statement was a chip statement.”</p> <p>The upcoming 64-bit ARM-based server SoCs (system-on-chip) from AMD will be available with four or eight ARMv8-based Cortex A57 cores, up to 4MB of shared Level 2 cache, 8MB of shared Level 3 cache, eight PCI-Express Gen 3 lanes, two 10 GB/s Ethernet, and eight SATA 3 ports. Further, the <a href="" target="_blank">A-series chips support up to 128GB of DDR3 or DDR4 ECC memory as unbuffered DIMMs, registered DIMMs or SODIMMs. </a></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> amd ARM opteron a1100 seattle server soc News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:39:28 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27666 at Vast Majority of Top Sites No Longer Vulnerable to Heartbleed <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Heartbleed" title="Heartbleed" width="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Over 20,000 top sites still vulnerable</h3> <p>Many a heart skipped a beat when it emerged earlier this month that <strong>millions of web servers around the world were vulnerable to a yawning hole in the open-source OpenSSL cryptographic software library</strong>. The discovery <a href="" target="_blank">sent IT execs and web admins around the world scampering to plug the hole</a>. Ten days after coverage of Heartbleed first began, security research firm Sucuri decided to <a href="" target="_blank">scan the Internet’s top one million websites (as ranked by Alexa) to see how many of them were still vulnerable.</a></p> <p>“After 10 days of massive coverage, we expected to see every server out there patched against it. To confirm our expectations, we scanned every web site listed in the Alexa top 1 million rank,” Sucuri CTO Daniel Cid wrote in a blog post Thursday. “Yes, we scanned the top web sites in the world to see how many were still infected.”</p> <p>Here’s what the firm found: “We were glad to see that the top 1,000 sites in the world were all properly patched, and that just 0.53% of the top 10k still had issues. However, as we went to less popular (and smaller) sites, the number of unpatched servers grew to 2%. That is not surprising, but we expected better.”</p> <p>If you are a website owner, Sucuri suggests that you use this <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> to check whether or not your site is affected and, in case it is, to patch the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability post-haste.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> bug heartbeat heartbleed openssl protocol vulnerability News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:07:00 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27665 at