News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en First AMD Mullins-powered Laptop Now Available, Costs $250 http://www.maximumpc.com/first_amd_mullins-powered_laptop_now_available_costs_250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/pavilion-10z-mullins.jpg" alt="HP Pavilion 10z" title="HP Pavilion 10z" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>HP Pavilion 10z runs Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>Things have been almost sepulchrally quiet ever since AMD officially launched its new Mullins APU nearly three months ago, with no sign of actual devices. Well, the wait is now over as a <strong>Mullins-powered device from a top vendor has finally hit the market.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/G7V60AV?HP-Pavilion-10z-Touch-Laptop" target="_blank">HP Pavilion 10z</a> is a no-frills 10-inch netbook that comes pre-loaded with Windows 8.1with Bing (64-bit) and sports a 1,366x768 touchscreen. Some of the other specs include: AMD dual-core E1 Micro-6200T APU with AMD Radeon R2 graphics, 2GB DDR3L memory, 540GB hard drive (5,400 rpm), VGA webcam, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port,&nbsp; RJ-45, headphone/microphone combo and an SD card reader.</p> <p>But in what is truly a big letdown, it’s tiny 3-cell, 24WHr battery can only keep the 10z powered on for up to hours on a single charge.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/first_amd_mullins-powered_laptop_now_available_costs_250#comments amd apu Mullins netbook windows 8.1 with bing News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:50:19 +0000 Pulkit Chanda 28249 at http://www.maximumpc.com Effort to Transition Chrome to BoringSSL Underway http://www.maximumpc.com/effort_transition_chrome_boringssl_underway897 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/chrome_1.jpg" alt="Chrome" title="Chrome" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL</h3> <p>An effort is currently underway to switch Google Chrome over to <strong>BoringSSL, an OpenSSL fork the search engine giant announced last month</strong>. Weaning the world’s most popular browser off of the two cryptographic software libraries it currently uses (OpenSSL on Android and Mozilla NSS on all other platforms) is proving somewhat difficult at this early stage, though.</p> <p>There have been a number of issues ever since developers first began adding <a href="https://www.imperialviolet.org/2014/06/20/boringssl.html" target="_blank">BoringSSL</a> code to Chromium earlier this month. Just take a look at this recent <a href="https://codereview.chromium.org/401153002" target="_blank">revision note by Google engineer David Benjamin</a>: “This is a reland of r284079 which was reverted in r284248 for components build issues. That, in turn, was a reland of r283813 which was reverted in r283845 because it broke WebRTC tests on Android. That, in turn, was a reland of r283542 which was reverted in r283591 because it broke the WebView build.”</p> <p>“This [the switch to BoringSSL] is a much larger change than its diff suggests.” Benjamin wrote further. “If it breaks something, please revert first and ask questions later.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/effort_transition_chrome_boringssl_underway897#comments android boringssl chrome chromium cryptographic software library heartbleed libressl mozilla nss openssl Security News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:33:49 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28248 at http://www.maximumpc.com Russia Offering $111,000 for Tor De-anonymization Know-how http://www.maximumpc.com/russia_offering_111000_tor_de-anonymization_know-how111 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/tor-logo.png" alt="TOR " title="TOR " width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Country came close to outlawing anonymizing software last year</h3> <p>The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) recently <strong>floated a tender inviting bids for help with “obtaining technical information” about users of Tor</strong>, the increasingly popular anonymizing network. Bidding ends on August 13, 2014 and the ministry hopes to announce the winner of the 3.9 million ruble contract ($111,000) a week later on August 20.</p> <p>The MVD is but the latest government entity around the world to have shown such keen interest in denying users of this global network of over 5,000 volunteer hosted relay servers the anonymity they currently enjoy. Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest that the National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have at times <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/nsa-gchq-attack-tor-network-encryption" target="_blank">been able to target Tor with some degree of success</a>, although it’s believed that they mostly rely on indirect methods of attack, having failed to compromise the Tor network itself.</p> <p>The <a href="http://zakupki.gov.ru/epz/order/notice/zkk44/view/common-info.html?regNumber=0373100088714000008" target="_blank">tender notice</a>, which was posted on the government’s official procurement portal on July 11, makes it clear that only citizens of the mighty Russian Federation are eligible for the contract. </p> <p>Interestingly, the FSB, Russia’s premier intelligence agency, tried convincing the country’s lawmakers to outlaw anonymizing software like Tor but eventually nothing came of the effort.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/russia_offering_111000_tor_de-anonymization_know-how111#comments bounty de-anonymization online anonymity relay network russia Security the onion router tor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:12:54 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28247 at http://www.maximumpc.com Western Digital My Book Duo 2-Bay DAS Now Available in 12TB Flavor http://www.maximumpc.com/western_digital_my_book_duo_2-bay_das_now_available_12tb_flavor120 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/wdfmb_duo.jpg" alt="Western Digital My Book Duo 12TB" title="Western Digital My Book Duo 12TB" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>An external RAID storage solution with two WD Red 6TB NAS drives</h3> <p>A few days back, Western Digital quietly began offering a <strong>12TB variant of the My Book Duo two-drive RAID external storage solution</strong> it <a href="http://www.wdc.com/en/company/pressroom/releases/?release=510f2bff-170c-467e-bf98-17566e66b6a5" target="_blank">launched back in June</a>. In terms of capacity, this <a href="http://store.westerndigital.com/store/wdus/en_US/DisplayProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.21986300/categoryID.67972900/subCategory.68023500/parid.13092300/catid.13092800" target="_blank">latest SKU</a> is fifty percent bigger than the previous highest-capacity My Book Duo configuration.</p> <p>Needless to say, it’s also the costliest of the lot. The 12TB variant, which ships with two 6TB WD Red NAS drives pre-configured in RAID 0 (RAID 1 and JBOD also supported), will set you back by as much as $649.99. Here’s a neat summary of the user-serviceable My Book Duo’s key features and specs:</p> <ul> <li>Interface: USB 3.0 (x3)</li> <li>Drives on board: WD Red hard drives</li> <li>Available capacities: 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB</li> <li>Data management: RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD; independent CPU for RAID volume management</li> <li>Security: Hardware RAID, Hardware Encryption, Password Protection</li> <li>Compatibility:&nbsp; NTFS (default) + Reformat to HFS + J for Mac</li> <li>Software: WD SmartWare Pro, Dropbox™ cloud integration, Acronis True Image Software WD Edition, WD Security, WD Drive Utilities</li> <li>Limited Warranty: 2-Year regional warranty</li> </ul> <p>The My Book Duo is also available in 8TB, 6TB and 4TB flavors, which are priced $449.99, $349.99 and $279.99, respectively.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/western_digital_my_book_duo_2-bay_das_now_available_12tb_flavor120#comments Das direct attached storage my book duo nas network attached storage RAID USB 3.0 Western Digital News Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:43:47 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28245 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus and iBuyPower Announce Partnership That Brings Optiboost to Asus Desktops http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_and_ibuypower_announce_partnership_brings_optiboost_asus_desktops_2014 <!--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="http://www.ibuypower.com/Product/ASUS" 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="http://www.maximumpc.com/ibuypower_teams_gigabyte_unveil_%E2%80%98optiboost%E2%80%99_gaming_laptop_configuration_program_2014" 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="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_and_ibuypower_announce_partnership_brings_optiboost_asus_desktops_2014#comments asus ibuypower optiboost optiboost desktop optiboost gaming desktop News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:49:15 +0000 Sean D Knight 28242 at http://www.maximumpc.com Aorus Launches the Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse http://www.maximumpc.com/aorus_launches_thunder_m7_mmo_gaming_mouse_2014 <!--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="http://www.aorus.com/m7.aspx" 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="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/aorus_launches_thunder_m7_mmo_gaming_mouse_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Picture Teases a 12-Core AMD A-Series APU http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014 <!--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="http://wccftech.com/amd-12-core-aseries-apu-inbound/" 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="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> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon Feeling the Heat From Fire TV and Phone Launches, Posts $126 Million Q2 Loss http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_feeling_heat_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="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_hopes_burn_streaming_competition_99_fire_tv_box_2014">Fire TV</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_fire_phone_debuts_att_exclusive_available_pre-order_now_2014">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="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazons_subscription_based_kindle_unlimited_netflix_books_2014">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="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&amp;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="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/amazon_feeling_heat_fire_tv_and_phone_launches_posts_126_million_q2_loss#comments amazon e-commerce financial report fire phone fire tv Hardware News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28239 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Readies Swift PG278Q Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync for August Release http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_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="http://rog.asus.com/340122014/gaming-monitors/pr-asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-swift-pg278q-gaming-monitor/" 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="//www.youtube.com/embed/ekXHvEK2bbI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar's Hi-Fi B85S2G Motherboard Means Business http://www.maximumpc.com/biostars_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="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=205" 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="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/biostars_hi-fi_b85s2g_motherboard_means_business#comments Biostar Build a PC Hardware hi-fi b85s2g motherboard News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:39:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28237 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Photos Shows Valve's Controller with a Thumbstick http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_photos_shows_valves_controller_thumbstick_2014 <!--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="https://twitter.com/SteamDB/status/492005914862288896/photo/1" target="_blank">@SteamDB</a> (Steam Database) and <em>Face Punch</em> forum user <a href="http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1238036&amp;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="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/leaked_photos_shows_valves_controller_thumbstick_2014#comments controller games Hardware Peripherals Steam thumbstick Valve News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28233 at http://www.maximumpc.com Adata's XPG V3 DDR3 Overclocking Memory Ramps Up to 3100MHz http://www.maximumpc.com/adatas_xpg_v3_ddr3_overclocking_memory_ramps_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="http://www.adata.com/index.php?action=aa_main&amp;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="http://www.adata.com/index.php?action=product_feature&amp;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="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></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/adatas_xpg_v3_ddr3_overclocking_memory_ramps_3100mhz#comments adata Build a PC DDR3 Hardware Memory overclocking xpg v3 News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:30:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28232 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cheap Windows Laptops Will Give Chromebooks Competition in the Second Half of 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_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="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD213.html" 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="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></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014#comments chromebook Hardware intel laptop microsoft mobile notebook Windows News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28231 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tablet Growth is Losing Steam to Large Screen Smartphones http://www.maximumpc.com/tablet_growth_losing_steam_large_screen_smartphones_2014 <!--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="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25008314" 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="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></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/tablet_growth_losing_steam_large_screen_smartphones_2014#comments 2-in-1 Hardware idc mobile slates smartphone tablets News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:40:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 28230 at http://www.maximumpc.com Strong Quarter Sends Facebook Stock to Record High http://www.maximumpc.com/strong_quarter_sends_facebook_stock_record_high_2014 <!--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="http://investor.fb.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=861599" 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="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></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/strong_quarter_sends_facebook_stock_record_high_2014#comments facebook revenue social network stock News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:01:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28229 at http://www.maximumpc.com