The general release time frame for Windows 10 gets narrower
In the past, we were told that Windows 10 would launch to the public sometime in late 2015. While no specific release date has yet been set, Microsoft has at least tightened the launch window by revealing Windows 10 is on track to come out in late summer or early fall" of next year. That's according to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, who talked a little about Windows 10's release at a Credit Suisse Technology Conference recently.
If you play video games at home, you have Ralph H. Baer in part to thank for that. For those of you who are not familiar with the name, Baer was a video game pioneer who led the development team that created the Magnavox Odyssey, the first commercial home game console with a mere 40 transistors and 40 diodes. Sadly, Ralph H. Baer died last Saturday at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the age of 92.
Samsung's 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology is no longer reserved for just its premium solid state drives (SSDs). With the introduction of its affordable 850 Evo SSD family, mainstream customers now have access to the same technology that was previously only found in Samsung's 850 Pro line released earlier this year. What that ultimately means for consumers is access to SSDs that are presumably more reliable and less expensive.
Cyber scoundrels have begun taking grammar seriously
Security researchers and cyber criminals are locked in a ceaseless game of cat and mouse, with the latter constantly trying to come up with new ways of delivering malware. However, this does not mean there is no room for an old workhorse like the notorious Zeus malware, a trojan virus that has been in circulation for over seven years now.
Granted, Maximum PC readers are not the type to mind having to grapple with some ornery hardware every once in a while — ah, the thrill of taming such devices — but it’s no fun when an entire device class is a royal pain the derriere. One such class of devices is that of wireless networking equipment.
Says DPRK sympathizers could be behind ‘righteous’ act
The devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that rendered most of the movie studio’s computers unusable for over a week and left the hackers behind the attack in possession of copious amounts of sensitive data is currently being probed by both forensic experts hired by the company and the FBI. Although the identity of the perpetrators has yet to be established, many believe there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that points to a North Korean hand. Perhaps fed up with all the incriminatory rumors, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday dismissed all talk of its involvement in the attack on Sony in its own inimitable style.
Sorry Shakespeare, but GPU family names are kinda important
Those next-gen AMD GPU rumors are coming in thick and fast. Late last month, we had someone on Chinese tech forum ChipHell post some tantalizing performance numbers that they claimed belonged to an upcoming (presumably a R9 300 series) graphics card and now we have a new report that is questioning something that the tech media has taken for granted until now — the codename of AMD’s next-gen GPU family.
Elite: Dangerous is almost upon us and we are excited, even though the game was not one of our most anticipated PC games of 2014. Created by Frontier Developments, the sci-fi combat simulator is the fourth installment in the Elite game franchise that also features trading and space exploration in a 1:1 scale of our own universe. Maximum PC had the opportunity to interview Frontier Developments CEO David Braben, courtesy of Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang.
Showcasing the sexiest, most photogenic game screenshots this side of the Internet
It's the holiday season, which means that gamers everywhere will soon sit down and soon have a chance to catch up on their massive backlogs. To commemorate the occasion, we've compiled a gallery of spectacular screenshots to get your gaming taste buds going. We’ve reached out to members of r/GamerPorn to fill out the submissions for the this month's Graphics Porn.
Solid state storage (SSD) drives are relative newcomers to the storage scene compared to media like mechanical hard disk drives. So the question remains, are SSDs reliable? Barring a time machine and enough plutonium to keep it running, it's a tough question to answer. In the absence of a DoLorean equipped to race back and forth in time, the next best way to test SSDs for endurance is to bombard them with writes. Turns out such a test is taking place with two SSDs having survived 2 petabytes of write tests so far.