Don't be surprised if there's a surge in Chromebook sales
Windows XP is a dead OS walking and it's highly unlikely to get a last second reprieve. Instead, Microsoft is anxious to bury the legacy OS in the backyard in hopes that those still clinging to XP will opt for a newer, more secure version of Windows. Some inevitably will, but one thing that will be interesting to keep an eye on is how many users replace their aging XP machines with a Chromebook.
Hewlett-Packard jumps off to a fast start with 7 million notebook shipments in Q1
If Hewlett-Packard can maintain its current pace, there's a good chance it will close out the year with more laptop shipments under its belt than rival Lenovo, the world's largest supplier of PCs (a distinction once held by HP not that long ago). It's still early, but preliminary numbers show that HP shipped 7 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2014, which is 1 million more than some were expecting.
AMD's dual-GPU card might rock a hybrid cooling solution
It's good practice to take Internet rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially on April Fool's Day. Got it? Good, now we can continue with what are claimed to be the first photos of AMD's rumored Radeon R9 295 X2, a dual-GPU graphics card that some have surmised could carry a massive 500W TDP. If that's true, a gnarly cooling solution would be mandatory, and certainly that's what these early photos show.
There's a fascination among math enthusiasts with discovering prime numbers, and lucky for them, the world will never run out of them. To put that into perspective, the winner of a contest intended to introduce people to the future of complex computing in the cloud discovered a prime number 342,000 digits long. That's an immensely long number, though still nowhere close to the longest prime number ever discovered, which checks in at 17,425,170 digits.
Industry's first enterprise-class NAS to use helium-filled HDDs
We imagine Buffalo's TeraStation 7120r enterprise-class NAS box talks to end users in a funny high-pitched voice as they walk around holding the thing on a string like a balloon. None of that is true, of course, though it is the first NAS box of its kind to come with a belly stuffed full of 6TB HGST Ultrastar helium-filled hard drives, up to 72TB total capacity (TS-2RZH72T12).
For the same reason you wouldn't dress up in a deer costume during hunting season and go romping through the woods, you may not want to keep your PC dressed in Windows XP as you travel through the web, lest you fancy being the prey. You have options, such as today's top deal which is once gain for Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SPI 64-bit for $85 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHB45]). Just think, if Microsoft supports Windows 7 as long as it XP, we won't need to have this conversation again for another 8 years!
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Carmack speaks on pending Facebook acquisition of Oculus
Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack has offered his opinion on Facebook’s pending acquisition of Oculus for $2 billion. The deal has sparked outrage and confusion from consumers to the point that death threats have been made against Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey while cooler heads have questioned whether or not Oculus should refund Kickstarter backers their money.
What's holding smartphone makers back from implementing a kill switch?
A new research report suggests that if smartphone makers implemented a technology into handsets to remotely disable them when stolen, it could potentially save consumers $2.6 billion per year. For that number to be accurate, a kill switch would need to be mandatory in mobile devices. It takes into the account the cost of replacing a stolen smartphone as well as how much is spent on smartphone insurance.
Phil Spencer is now in charge of Microsoft's Xbox business
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella might be new to his post, but he's already making his presence known by shaking up the management team. Perhaps the biggest move of the day is the promotion of Phil Spencer to lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios. His was one of several changes to management, though will it be the last?
The Galaxy S5's display impresses a well renowned testing firm
It looks like Samsung may have yet other bragging point -- best smartphone display in the world. That was the determination DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira came to after an extensive round of lab tests and measurements, in which he concluded that the Galaxy S5 sports the best smartphone display he's ever tested. It was an easy conclusion to come to after the Galaxy S5 left in its wake a bunch of broken records.