News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en Microsoft is Cleaning up Windows Store, Removes 1,500 Copycat and Fraudulent Apps http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_cleaning_windows_store_removes_1500_copycat_and_fraudulent_apps_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/windows_8_logo.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Logo" title="Windows 8 Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Cleaning is good for the Store</h3> <p>It’s easy to be overwhelmed when searching for applications on the various platforms out there. If it is not due to various apps having similar names then it is the ones that are copycats or even fraudulent. Well, <strong>Microsoft announced that it has removed 1,500 apps from its Windows Store</strong> in an attempt to make finding things easier and provide better quality and choice.&nbsp;</p> <p>To this end, Microsoft has modified its Windows Store app certification requirements. Some of the changes made involves the name of an app. An app’s name will need to “clearly and accurately reflect the functionality of the app.” Developers will also need to make sure that apps are properly categorized and icons must be different from other apps so that consumers will not mistake one for another. The policies are being applied to both new and existing apps for Windows and the Windows Phone Store.</p> <p>Windows Store general manager Todd Brix wrote of Microsoft’s progress on the <a title="Microsoft blog" href="http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/08/27/how-were-addressing-misleading-apps-in-windows-store/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">official blog</span></a> saying, “These revised policies are being applied to all new app submissions and existing app updates for both the Windows and Windows Phone Store. We’ve also been working on titles already in the catalog, conducting a review of Windows Store to identify titles that do not comply with our modified certification requirements. This process is continuing as we work to be as thorough and transparent as possible in our review. Most of the developers behind apps that are found to violate our policies have good intentions and agree to make the necessary changes when notified. Others have been less receptive, causing us to remove more than 1,500 apps as part of this review so far.”</p> <p>Brix goes on to say that this is still an ongoing process and that the company is increasing resources to speed up the process.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_cleaning_windows_store_removes_1500_copycat_and_fraudulent_apps_2014#comments apps microsoft Todd Brix Windows Windows apps windows store News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:02:52 +0000 Sean D Knight 28443 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #231: AMD and Origin PC Settle Past Dispute on the Show http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_231_amd_and_origin_pc_settle_past_dispute_show <!--paging_filter--><h3>Plus: AMD's commitment to high-end CPUs, DDR4, 5-way GPU support, 20nm GPUs, and more!</h3> <p>In a bit of a surprise to us, <a title="amd" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/amd" target="_blank">AMD</a> and <a title="origin pc" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/Origin_PC" target="_blank">Origin PC</a> wanted to come into the podcast room together for <a title="No BS podcast 231" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_231_20140828.mp3" target="_blank"><strong>episode 231 of the No BS Podcast</strong></a>. As you may recall, this pairing is kind of surprising considering that last October, Origin PC’s co-founder and CEO Kevin Wasielewski announced that the company would be <a title="origin pc drops amd gpus" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_now_dealing_exclusively_nvidia_graphics_claims_amd_gpus_are_problematic2013" target="_blank">dropping AMD graphics cards from its systems</a>, stating, “This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff.” He then later added, “Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on Nvidia GPUs.”</p> <p>Well, not only did we get Wasielewski in the room, but we also got AMD’s VP of Global Channel Sales Roy Taylor and AMD’s Director of Public Relations Chris Hook to come on. In the show, the two parties settle their past dispute with Taylor suggesting that AMD is now committed to giving hardware partners like Origin PC more support and communication. In the podcast, he outlines some of the strategies to do so. Wasielewski also confirmed that you can now get AMD video cards in Origin PCs again and shot down any <a href="http://semiaccurate.com/2013/10/07/nvidias-program-get-oems-like-origin-pc-dump-amd-called-tier-0/" target="_blank">rumors</a> that Nvidia was compensating Origin PC to slander AMD late last year when the announcement came about.</p> <p>Taylor also asserts that AMD’s graphics drivers have gotten a lot better over the past year, but admits this wasn’t always the case and that the company is still getting burned by that bad reputation.&nbsp;</p> <p>While Gordon was away on vacation, he did submit several questions for the rest of the crew to ask on the air, and in the show we cover a ton of ground from topics that range from:</p> <ul> <li>The possibility of 5-way GPU support</li> <li>AMD’s renewed commitment to battling Intel at the high-end CPU market</li> <li>AMD’s plans to start using DDR4</li> <li>Origin PC and AMD’s thoughts on Valve’s upcoming <a title="maximum pc steam machine" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/everything_you_need_know_about_steam_machines_2014" target="_blank">Steam Machine</a> initiative</li> <li>AMD’s take on the&nbsp;<a title="oculus rift" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/oculus_rift" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a>/VR</li> <li>Freesync monitor availability</li> <li>Why <a title="AMD ssd" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_reportedly_gearing_sell_radeon-branded_line_ssds_2014" target="_blank">AMD is getting into the SSD market</a></li> <li>AMD’s presence (or lack thereof) in the laptop/gaming notebook segment</li> <li>20nm GPUs</li> <li>And then we of course top it off with your fan questions!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dTB2Uk43LKU" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The old format isn’t going away, and Gordon’s rants will return, but in the meantime, give this episode a listen, and let us know what you think!</p> <p><a title="Download Maximum PC Podcast #231 MP3" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_231_20140828.mp3" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u160416/rss-audiomp3.png" width="80" height="15" /></a>&nbsp;<a title="Maximum PC Podcast RSS Feed" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/maximumpc/1337" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u160416/chicklet_rss-2_0.png" width="80" height="15" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/maximum-pc-no-bs-podcast/id213247824"><img src="/files/u160416/chicklet_itunes.gif" alt="Subscribe to Maximum PC Podcast on iTunes" title="Subscribe to Maximum PC Podcast on iTunes" width="80" height="15" /></a></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px 0px 5px; 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We've been eager to try it out because it's Civ, but also because it feels like a spiritual sequel to Alpha Centauri, which itself dealt with a nagging question from earlier entries in the series: What happens when you win the game by launching an interstellar ship into space? Where do those people go? At first glance, C:BE looks like a sci-fi Civilization V with an exotic color palette, but a number of new layers unfolded during our time with it.</p> <p>Most Civ games begin with selecting your starting conditions (unless you like to live on the edge and randomize all your choices). Your options include the usual things like world size, continent shape, and faction leader characteristics. In the build that we played, we could choose from three randomly generated planets. We could also let the game randomly choose one of those three for us, or we could tell C:BE to roll the dice and generate three new worlds. If that's not your cup of tea, we could also go to the "Advanced Worlds" menu and choose from about ten worlds with scripted conditions. 82 Eridani e, for example, has no oceans and little water. Or we could choose Archipelago, which was basically the opposite. Eta Vulpeculae b, meanwhile, has one large continent and an abundance of resources and wildlife.</p> <p><img src="/files/u160416/screenshot_terrain_lush02.jpg" width="600" height="354" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p>Six of the worlds that are accessible from this menu come from the Exoplanets Map Pack, which you get by pre-ordering the game before October 24th. Each of these planets will randomize its geography each time you play, leading to an additional layer of replayability. We were not able to dig up a menu that allowed us to fine-tune specific map or gameplay attributes (such as disabling neutral factions or hostile wildlife), but this was not a final build.</p> <p>Then you can also choose to begin the game with a soldier or worker unit, instead of an explorer. Or you could have a clinic installed in your first city automatically. This building improves the city health stat, which indicates population growth and the happiness of your citizens. You will also choose what ship type you want to use to arrive on the planet. This determines bonuses like starting with 100 energy (the currency of C:BE); the initial visibility of coast lines, alien nests, certain resources; and the size of the fog of war around your first city.</p> <p><img src="/files/u160416/screen_combat_satellitebombard.jpg" width="600" height="341" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p>Then you choose your colonist type. For example, the Refugee type adds +2 food to every city, which promotes growth. Engineers give you +2 production in every city, which decreases the time it takes to construct buildings. Scientists, unsurprisingly, give you +2 science in every city, which increases the speed at which you research new technology. Lastly, you designate your sponsor, which determines who your faction leader is. There are no historical leaders this time, like George Washington or Ghandi. This new gang consists of fictional characters set in a speculative future. We had eight sponsors to choose from. Going with the African Union grants us +10% food in growing cities when their Health rating is 1 or greater. With the Pan-Asian Cooperative, you get a 10% production bonus for Wonders, and 25% faster workers.</p> <p>So after agonizing over all of those branching decisions, you can finally drop into the game. If you're familiar with the last couple Civ games, the interface should be pretty familiar. Your resources appear in the upper right-hand corner, with positive and negative numbers indicating gains or losses per turn. Hovering the cursor over each one gives you a detailed breakdown of where the resources are coming from, and how they're being consumed. Your lower right-hand corner is for notifications and to run through your list of available actions The lower left-hand shows you your selected unit (if any) and its abilities.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/civilization_beyond_earth_hands-on_2014?page=0,1" target="_blank"><strong>Page 2: Exploration, affinities, and virtues</strong></a></p> <hr /> <p>But while the UI should be familiar, this is definitely an exotic planet, with unfamiliar formations like canyons and craters, clouds of poisonous gas, alien critters used for resources, and other alien critters that are actively hostile. It's definitely dangerous terrain for a fledgling civilization. But you'll find resource pods dotted throughout the landscape, which usually contain caches of energy or satellites. Satellites are launched into orbit and extract energy from the planet's surface, though it's not clear how. They stay up for a limited time, though, so you'll need to keep finding them, or produce them on your own. You'll also encounter stations, which behave similarly to city-states in Civ V.</p> <p>And your explorer (scout) unit can excavate native ruins and giant animal bones to grant more bonuses, like free technology. He can only carry one of these excavation kits at once, though, and he needs to return to a city to get more. It also takes five turns to excavate something. This slower pace maintains the unit's viability for a longer stretch than in previous games, and compels you to make more agonizing decisions. Competing factions also don't like it when you excavate something that's closer to their territory than to yours. So you have to balance your desire for discovery against your long-term political risks.</p> <p><img src="/files/u160416/screen_fielding_diplomacy.jpg" title="text-align: center;" width="600" height="341" /></p> <p>Meanwhile, you'll be conducting research on new buildings and units. Instead of going left to right and hitting up pretty much everything along the way, you begin from a central point on the research map and must choose between different branches, each of which contains "leaves" or individual research choices. Each branch has a theme, usually divided into cultural, military, and scientific categories. You can try focusing on one theme, or it might be better to balance as many as you can. Since we were limited to 100 turns, we weren't able to see which turned out to be the better strategy. The things you encounter on the map, the things you build, and the tech you research will frequently trigger binary choices. At one point, the game made us choose between two stations to conduct business with. One station specialized in converting military equipment for civilian use, while another could increase our science score. Both choices have effects on your relationship with the planet's flora and fauna, and you have three affinities to balance: Harmony, Supremacy, and Purity.</p> <p>Each choice grants you a mix of experience points in each affinity, and enough points in one will move you up a level and grant you a bonus. Hovering your mouse over each affinity (located in the upper left-hand corner) tells you what different levels will do. Level 1 of Harmony, for example, reduces the aggression level of the native creatures. Eventually you'll actually gain health from the poison clouds (called "miasma"), and the highest level of your primary affinity grants a critical element for one of the five available victory conditions. At the same time, you'll eventually be at odds with the factions that have different affinities than yours. You can attempt to smooth over relations by establishing lucrative trading routes, engaging in joint military actions, and good old-fashioned bribery. Or you can attempt to wipe them off the map, if you're not into the whole diplomacy thing.</p> <p><img src="/files/u160416/screen_ui_virtues.jpg" width="600" height="341" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p>And let's not forget about the Virtue system. These operate like Civ V's social policies, but this time there are four of them with nine tiers, so there's more focus and depth to your choices here. On top of that is a grid of synergies, designed to encourage the exploration of multiple virtues. Activating the first tier of each virtue, for example, gives you a bonus activation of your choosing.</p> <p>Eventually, the 2K staff gently ushered us out the door, and we were reluctant to leave. Beyond Earth has a more layers of faction evolution and political intrigue than we're used to seeing in Civ, and we were eager to see the choices that the game would present us with next. We also wanted to build more stuff, of course, and establish more trade routes, explore more of the map, investigate the critters, and maybe start a war or two. Thankfully, we only have about eight more weeks until the game launches into orbit.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/civilization_beyond_earth_hands-on_2014#comments alpha centauri beyond earth civiliation pc game PC gaming pre-review Sci-fi Sid Meier strategy Games Gaming News Features Web Exclusive Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:43:23 +0000 Tom McNamara 28439 at http://www.maximumpc.com HTC Launches Desire 510 Smartphone, Keeps Mum on 64-bit Capabilities http://www.maximumpc.com/htc_launches_desire_510_smartphone_keeps_mum_64-bit_capabilities <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_desire_0.jpg" alt="HTC Desire 510" title="HTC Desire 510" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />HTC doesn't seem to care that its Desire 510 rocks a 64-bit chip</h3> <p><strong>You can add the Desire 510 to HTC's family of smartphones</strong>. HTC announced the LTE device, which sports a 4.7-inch display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. In case you're not familiar, the Snapdragon 410 features four Cortex A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.2GHz and an Adreno 306 GPU. It's a speedy chip, but perhaps what's most interesting is that it's a 64-bit capable part, though you wouldn't know it from reading through HTC's press materials.</p> <p>Though the Snapdragon 410 is both 32-bit and 64-bit capable, <a href="http://blog.htc.com/2014/08/htc-desire-510/" target="_blank">HTC isn't making any noise</a> about the latter. It's probably of little benefit in the grand scheme of things (this is a budget phone, after all), which is likely the reason why HTC isn't celebrating the phone's 64-bit goodness, though it's also a bit odd since it's the first 64-bit Android smartphone.</p> <p>In any event, the HTC Desire 510 also features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 4G LTE radio, 3MP front-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 2100mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat covered with Sense 6.</p> <p>The HTC Desire will begin shipping in September in the U.K. for £149 (around $245). It will ship to other parts of the world, including the U.S., sometime later.</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/htc_launches_desire_510_smartphone_keeps_mum_64-bit_capabilities#comments 64-bit android desire 510 Hardware htc smartphone News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:26:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28438 at http://www.maximumpc.com Study Reveals Nearly 70 Percent of IT Workers Battle Phishing Attacks Every Week http://www.maximumpc.com/study_reveals_nearly_70_percent_it_workers_battle_phishing_attacks_every_week_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fish.jpg" alt="Fish" title="Fish" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />Phising has become the top network security concern for enterprises</h3> <p>Hewlett-Packard sponsored a study conducted by research organization Ipsos Observer that shines a light on the number one concern for enterprises today. According to the study, <strong>almost 70 percent of IT professionals experience phishing attacks at least once a week</strong>, with customer data cited most often as the type of data attacked. After that, phishers are most interested in financial information.</p> <p>Digging deeper, the study found that 7 out of 10 attacks generated within the network perimeter are the result of a malware-infected host. This underscores the importance of applying a layered approach to security.</p> <p>"Organizations are increasingly challenged to protect their networks from advanced targeted attacks, in fact, it is likely that most environments have already been breached with systems infected by malware," <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1763561#.U_4jMDJdVCh" target="_blank">said Frank Mong</a>, vice president, Solutions, Enterprise Security Products, HP. "It’s important that IT professionals understand how attackers are trying to break through the network, and have confidence in their ability to mitigate attacks when every second matters."</p> <p>China emerged as the site where most external network attacks originate, followed by Russia and the United States. However, IT workers seem most concerned with what users are doing on their PCs that aren't work related.</p> <p>Some 85 percent of survey respondents said they're concerned about illicit file sharing and non-work related applications; 63 percent indicated concern with employees visiting adult-only websites on the corporate network, and 7 out of 10 view social media as a type of abuse occurring on the network.</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/study_reveals_nearly_70_percent_it_workers_battle_phishing_attacks_every_week_2014#comments enterprise hewlett-packard hp phishing Security study survey News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:05:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28437 at http://www.maximumpc.com T-Mobile Confirms HTC One M8 for Windows is Coming to Un-Carrier http://www.maximumpc.com/t-mobile_confirms_htc_one_m8_windows_coming_un-carrier_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_one_m8_windows.jpg" alt="HTC One M8 Windows T-Mobile" title="HTC One M8 Windows T-Mobile" width="228" height="194" style="float: right;" />HTC One M8 for Windows will land at T-Mobile this fall</h3> <p>It came as a bit of a surprise when Microsoft and HTC announced a cloned version of the One M8 handset running Windows Phone 8.1 software. After all, it's HTC's flagship Android smartphone, and by porting it over to Windows Phone 8.1, HTC claims it marks the first time that an iconic flagship device has been offered on multiple operating systems. But what about multiple carriers? Well, <strong>you can add T-Mobile to the list of wireless carriers getting the One M8 for Windows</strong>.</p> <p>"The rumors are true. HTC One M8 for Windows is coming this fall," T-Mobile <a href="https://twitter.com/TMobile/status/505006242583310336" target="_blank">posted to Twitter</a>.</p> <p>T-Mobile didn't offer up a specific release date or pricing information, though with wireless carriers currently engaged in a price war of sorts (it's more of a data war with increasing data caps), especially T-Mobile and Sprint, things could get interesting by the time fall is in full effect. In the meantime, you can <a href="https://explore.t-mobile.com/htc-one-m8-windows-phone?cmpid=SOC_SM_Q314HTCONM_8PT744LHLX3024&amp;003=6642122" target="_blank">pre-register here</a>.</p> <p>As for other carriers, AT&amp;T also <a href="http://about.att.com/story/att_to_carry_htc_one_m8_for_windows0.html" target="_blank">recently confirmed</a> it's getting the One M8 for Windows, however like T-Mobile, AT&amp;T didn't announce specific pricing and availability.</p> <p>For now, Verizon is the <a href="http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/device/smartphone/htc-one-for-windows?&amp;zipRdr=y" target="_blank">exclusive carrier</a> of the ported device, which it's selling for $100 with a two-year service agreement, or $30 per month via Verizon's Edge program.</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/t-mobile_confirms_htc_one_m8_windows_coming_un-carrier_2014#comments Hardware htc one M8 for Windows mobile smartphone t-mobile windows phone News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:40:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28436 at http://www.maximumpc.com Determined Developer Resurrects Windows XP with Unofficial Service Pack 4 http://www.maximumpc.com/determined_developer_resurrects_windows_xp_unofficial_service_pack_4_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_xp_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows XP Laptop" title="Windows XP Laptop" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Letting go is hard to do</h3> <p>Diehard Windows XP fans are having a hard time bidding the legacy operating system farewll -- by the numbers, it's estimated that some 15 percent (StatCounter) to just under 25 percent (Net Applications) of desktops are still running Windows XP. Save for businesses that pay a fee, <strong>Microsoft killed off support for Windows XP back in April, though one developer is determined to keep it alive with a new (and unofficial) Service Pack</strong>.</p> <p>Known as "harkaz" on on the <em>RyanVM.net</em> discussion board, he's been working on the Service Pack since September of last year. It contains official Windows XP security updates and patches intended for ATMs and POS systems running a specialized version of XP. You may recall that earlier in the year, it was discovered that XP users could continue to receive such updates via a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_warns_against_using_registry_hack_allowing_windows_xp_receive_security_updates_2014">registry hack</a> -- the unofficial SP4 releases applies the hack by default and installs all of the fixes released up to this point.</p> <p>Naturally Microsoft cautions against installing these updates on regular versions of Windows XP, saying that they're "intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers." They also haven't undergone testing on Windows XP. Instead, Microsoft advises that Windows XP users upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1.</p> <p>Should you decide to throw caution to the wind -- bear in mind we know nothing about this developer, his coding skills, and how much testing he's done on XP machines -- you can grab the unofficial Service Pack <a href="http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10321&amp;postdays=0&amp;postorder=asc&amp;start=0" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/132287031" target="_blank">Flickr (Alan Levine)</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/determined_developer_resurrects_windows_xp_unofficial_service_pack_4_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS service pack 4 Software windows xp News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:18:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28435 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung’s 3D TSV DDR4 Modules Sport Quad Stacked Memory Dies http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung%E2%80%99s_3d_tsv_ddr4_modules_sport_quad_stacked_memory_dies_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ddr4_0.jpg" alt="Samsung DRAM" title="Samsung DRAM" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />Industry's first 3D TSV-based DDR4 modules go into mass production</h3> <p>The desktop isn't the only place you'll find interesting things happening with double data rate-4 (DDR4) memory. <strong>Samsung this week said it has begun mass producing what it claims is the industry's first 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs using three dimensional "through silicon via" (TSV) package technology</strong> intended for enterprise servers, cloud-based applications, and other data center solutions.</p> <p>Sounds pretty fancy, right? Let us break it down. The new RDIMMs employ 36 DDR4 DRAM chips, each of which consists of 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM dies. They're built using Samsung's 20nm-class and 3D TSV package technologies, the latter of which marks a new milestone in memory technology.</p> <p>Following in the footsteps of 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) that uses high-rise vertical structures of cell arrays inside a monolithic die, 3D TSV is a different type of structure that vertically interconnects stacked dies. To build a 3D TSV DRAM package, the DDR4 dies must first be ground down as thin as just a few micrometers, then pierced with hundreds of tiny holes. Electrodes pass through the fine holes to vertically connect the dies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140826006160/en/Samsung-Starts-Mass-Producing-Industry%E2%80%99s-3D-TSV#.U_8jzzLt_vk" target="_blank">According to Samsung</a>, its new 64GB TSV module performs twice as fast as a 64GB module using wire bonding packaging, and consumes around half the power to boot.</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%E2%80%99s_3d_tsv_ddr4_modules_sport_quad_stacked_memory_dies_2014#comments ddr4 enterprise Memory ram samsung tsv News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:07:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28433 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Brings 64-bit Chrome Browser to Stable Channel http://www.maximumpc.com/google_brings_64-bit_chrome_browser_stable_channel_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chrome_64_bit.jpg" alt="Chrome 64-bit" title="Chrome 64-bit" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />Goodbye beta, hello stable!</h3> <p>Following successful runs in Google's Dev, Beta, and Canary channels, the <strong>64-bit version of Google's Chrome browser for Windows is now available as a stable release</strong> (Chrome 37). That means you can have all the benefits of the 64-bit version without the risks of instability that come from running pre-release software. According to Google, 64-bit Chrome offers a bunch of benefits for speed, stability, and security.</p> <p>"Our measurements have shown that the native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of our graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15 percent improvement in decoding performance," Google stated in a <a href="http://blog.chromium.org/2014/08/64-bits-of-awesome-64-bit-windows_26.html" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>According to Google, the 64-bit rendering engines are nearly twice as stable as the 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. On top of that, security safeguards such as Partition Alloc are able to "far more effectively defend against vulnerabilities that rely on controlling the memory layout of objects." In other words, 64-bit Chrome is pretty much better than the 32-bit variant in every single way.</p> <p>Be that as it may, the 64-bit version will remain opt-in, Google said. You can download <a href="https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/index.html" target="_blank">64-bit Chrome 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/google_brings_64-bit_chrome_browser_stable_channel_2014#comments 64-bit browser chrome Google Internet Software News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:33:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28429 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Working a Fix to Alleviate Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_working_fix_alleviate_surface_pro_3_overheating_issue_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="136" style="float: right;" />Some Surface Pro 3 tablets are prone to overheating</h3> <p>A limited number of Surface Pro 3 owners have been reporting issues with their tablets overheating, even when running light tasks or simple sitting at idle. In turn, this has led to the cooling fan ramping up to excessive noise levels. <strong>Microsoft is aware of the overheating issue and has promised Surface Pro 3 owners that a fix will be issued "as soon as possible.</strong>" It's unclear if that means it will come on Patch Tuesday (September 9), before, or after.</p> <p>One user on <a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/surfpro3-surfusingpro/excessively-loud-fan-constant-overheating-during/1efa253a-f7f2-486b-a891-5633738b8532?page=1&amp;tm=1408845783226" target="_blank">Microsoft's discussion forum </a>said he went through four Surface Pro 3 models, each with a Core i7 processor, and each one exhibited the overheating issue. According to his post, his Surface Pro 3 is the loudest thing in his office, even when running idle. At full bore, he says the fan noise becomes "ear-piercing" and the heat produced "immensely hot."</p> <p>In a statement to <em>CNET</em>, Microsoft said it's aware of a "very small number of Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i7 devices that are temporarily restarting and incorrectly showing a 'Thermometer Gauge' icon while attempting to boot up." The company said it has an update that will address the issue.</p> <p>At the same time, Microsoft was a bit standoffish about the complaints of excessive heat.</p> <p>"The i7 version of Surface Pro 3 is a first-of-its-kind tablet delivering i7 processing power in a thin and light package. As such, the increased power calls for the fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds - and for the unit to run slightly warmer. If customers have any questions or concerns, they should contact Microsoft Support," Microsoft said.</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/microsofts_working_fix_alleviate_surface_pro_3_overheating_issue_2014#comments Hardware microsoft OEM overheating rigs surface pro 3 News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:13:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28428 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Notes Rise in Proportion of Pentium and Celeron Notebook CPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_celeron.jpg" alt="Intel Celeron Logo" title="Intel Celeron Logo" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Low cost laptops are on the rise</h3> <p>One thing Intel won't have any trouble doing in the coming months is moving low-cost laptop CPUs. That's because Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts with vendors to sell entry-level notebooks priced from around $200 to $250 in order to fend off the Chromebook push. As a result of this new focus, <strong>Intel is seeing a rise in the proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs</strong>, particularly its Pentium and Celeron chips.</p> <p>Citing information obtained from supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140827PD205.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that Intel's shipment proportion of entry-level CPUs has increased from around 50-60 percent in the first half of 2014 to as high as 70 percent currently. In other words, as many as 7 out of every 10 notebook CPUs Intel ships these days is a low-cost Pentium or Celeron part.</p> <p>In particular, Intel is seeing strong sales of its Celeron 2970M, N2930, and N2940 chips, along with Pentium 3558U, N3530, and N3540 parts. It's not just about the push for $200 to $250 laptops -- another reason is that demand for Ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, and touchscreen laptops has fallen below expectations.</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/intel_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014#comments celeron cpu Hardware intel laptop notebook pentium processor News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:01:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28427 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Power Cords Due to Fire Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/power_cord_ls-15.jpg" alt="Power Cord LS-15" title="Power Cord LS-15" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Affected AC power cords are prone to overheating</h3> <p><strong>HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords</strong> for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.</p> <p>"HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers," HP said.</p> <p>The recall involves HP's LS-15 AC power cords, though not all power cords with the LS-15 marking are faulty. You can check to see if yours is one of them using <a href="https://h30652.www3.hp.com/" target="_blank">HP's online tool</a>. If it is, HP says to stop using it immediately while it sends you a replacement at no cost.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/power_cord.jpg" alt="Power Cord" title="Power Cord" width="620" height="225" /></p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>, there have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, which resulted in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.</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/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook power cord recall News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28426 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dropbox Keeps It Simple, Consolidates Pro Plans to a Single $10 Per Month Tier http://www.maximumpc.com/dropbox_keeps_it_simple_consolidates_pro_plans_single_10_month_tier_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dropbox_1.jpg" alt="Dropbox" title="Dropbox" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />Get 1TB of cloud storage for $10 per month</h3> <p>Dropbox helped popularize the concept of cloud storage, and in effort to remain relevant (and competitive), it's now offering users more storage for less money, and simplifying things to boot. Instead of offering users a choice of 100GB, 200GB, and 500GB of storage priced at $10, $20, and $50 per month, respectively, <strong>Dropbox is now touting a single Pro plan with 1TB of storage for $10 per month or $99 per year</strong>.</p> <p>That's twice as much storage as the previous top tier plan for half the price, or ten times the storage of the cheapest plan for the same price. However you want to slice it, Dropbox is offering <a href="https://blog.dropbox.com/2014/08/introducing-more-powerful-dropbox-pro/#more-3730" target="_blank">more storage for less money</a>, and is likely to attract a wider audience as a result.</p> <p>In addition to beefing up storage and consolidating its plans into a single offering, Dropbox added some features to its service, such as new sharing controls. You can now issue passwords for shared links, set expirations for shared links, and issue view-only permissions for shared folders.</p> <p>There's also a new remote wipe feature that lets you delete your Dropbox files from a lost or stolen device while keeping them backed up in Dropbox.</p> <p>Current Dropbox Pro users will update to the new plan automatically in the next couple of days. Otherwise, you can sign up at <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/pro" target="_blank">Dropbox's website</a>. Other available plans include Basic (Free, 2GB of storage) and Business ($15 per user).</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/dropbox_keeps_it_simple_consolidates_pro_plans_single_10_month_tier_2014#comments cloud dropbox storage News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28424 at http://www.maximumpc.com Spotify Brings Free Streaming to Windows Phone Users http://www.maximumpc.com/spotify_brings_free_streaming_windows_phone_users_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/spotify_logo_0.jpg" alt="Spotify Logo" title="Spotify Logo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Rock out with your Windows Phone out, for free!</h3> <p>Sometimes the Windows Phone platform gets forgotten or otherwise overlooked by developers. Such has been the case with Spotify, which has been serving up free tunes to Android and iOS users for some time now, but hadn't extended the same courtesy to Windows Phone. Well, that changes today -- <strong>Spotify has finally brought the free mobile music experience to Windows Phone users</strong> around the globe.</p> <p>"From today, Windows Phone owners can enjoy access to millions of songs across their smartphones for free," Spotify announced in a <a href="http://news.spotify.com/us/2014/08/26/windows-phone-free/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "Listen to all your playlists, discover new music, or simply sit back and dig into your favorite artist's entire back catalog."</p> <p>The Spotify app for Windows Phone now lets WP users stream all the playlists they've created along with playlists of people they follow without ponying up for a paid subscription (albeit only in shuffle mode). They can also discover new music, save, re-shuffle, and share.</p> <p>In addition, Spotify introduced a series of improvements throughout the app, such as making search results look better and making it easier to browse artists.</p> <p>You can download the <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/spotify/10f2995d-1f82-4203-b7fa-46ddbd07a6e6" target="_blank">Spotify app</a> for Windows Phone 8/8.1 at the Windows Phone store.</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/spotify_brings_free_streaming_windows_phone_users_2014#comments mobile music Software spotify streaming windows phone wp News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:14:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28422 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seagate Goes Big, Ships Industry's First 8TB Hard Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/seagate_goes_big_ships_industrys_first_8tb_hard_drive_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/seagate_hdd_3.jpg" alt="Seagate 8TB" title="Seagate 8TB" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Go big or go home</h3> <p>Anybody remember when hard drives were measured in megabytes? How far we've come from those primitive days in computing. Further distancing us from the stone age of storage, <strong>Seagate today has begun shipping the world's first 8TB hard drive</strong>. The feat comes a mere five months after Western Digital's HGST subsidiary shipped the first 6TB HDD -- could a capacity war be at hand?</p> <p>We're not sure, though Seagate did previously mention 10TB models in the not-too-distant future. For now, 8TB is as capacious as single HDDs get in the 3.5-inch form factor. Details of the new drive are in short supply, though Seagate did confirm that it sports a SATA 6Gbps interface and features multi-drive RV tolerance for use in high-density environments such as data centers.</p> <p>"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," <a href="http://www.seagate.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Seagate-ships-worlds-first-8TB-hard-drives-pr-master/" target="_blank">said Scott Horn</a>, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."</p> <p>Seagate seems to be taking aim at data centers and cloud computing providers, though the thought of slapping several of these drives in a NAS box has us salivating at the sheer amount of storage space.</p> <p>In any event, the 8TB drive is shipping now to select customers and will be more widely available next quarter.</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/seagate_goes_big_ships_industrys_first_8tb_hard_drive_2014#comments 8tb Build a PC Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate storage News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:56:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28421 at http://www.maximumpc.com