At least two handset makers are said to have free access to Windows Phone licenses
While various bean counters may disagree on the exact numbers, all of them have Android and iOS dominating the smartphone market. Microsoft would like nothing more than for its Windows Phone platform to at least be in the hunt, though as it stands, Windows Phone and BlackBerry are in a dogfight for a distance third place finish behind the big two. That being the case, Microsoft is reportedly offering free Windows Phone licenses to select handset makers.
It's time to think about upgrading that GeForce 9800 GTX card
Just as Microsoft is getting ready to end support for Windows XP next month, Nvidia also has an end in sight for its own legacy products, though it's not coming up quite as quickly. When Nvidia gets around to releasing its GeForce 343 drivers, support will officially end for all DirectX 10 generation graphics cards, freeing the GPU maker to focus soley on Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell products.
The cost of an Amazon Prime membership is going up in 7 days
Amazon has been sending out emails to its Prime members to let them know that when it comes time to renew, they'll be charged a higher rate. Specifically, Amazon Prime will soon cost $99 for a year, a $20 jump over the previous price. Students will still receive a discount, though the price of a Prime membership will go up for them as well -- the new price is $49 per year, up $10 over the old price (the first 6 months is still free for new Student members).
Google should have taken a page from The Outer Limits and told anyone with an Internet connection, "There is nothing wrong with your monitor. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the transmission. If we wish to change the font, we will change the font." And that's exactly what Google did -- the sultan of search changed its search page fonts, in part to accommodate an easier way of identifying ad-supported links.
An impressive display to accommodate all that power
Razer has revealed the specs and features for its new Razer Blade laptop. The new 14-inch Razer Blade’s biggest feature is the 3200x1800 touchscreen display that features 5.76 megapixels. It is a significant upgrade from last year’s model that featured a 1600x900 resolution display. According to Razer, the laptop’s state-of-the-art IGZO IPS display panel results in a 250 percent increase in contrast ratio over last year’s model.
Winter is almost over, though depending on where you live (like the midwest), you might not know it by the amount of snow that sits unmelted outside. Nevertheless, Nvidia is ready to welcome the spring season by offering two fresh game bundles with the purchase of select GeForce GTX desktop graphics cards and GeForce GTX-powered laptops. One of the freebie offerings is a downloadable code for Daylight, the first game built around the Unreal Engine 4.
LEPA isn't a name you hear that often, though if you subscribe to Maximum PC magazine and/or frequently visit our website, you may recal we equipped last year's Dream Machine with a LEPA G1600-MA power supply. That was a beastly PSU, though LEPA's new MaxPlatinum PSU line has a model that trumps it. It's the P1700-MA-EU, and as you might have surmised, it's a 1,700W model with a peak rating of 1,800W!
Nvidia today splashed the mobile market with more than half a dozen new GPUs comprising the company's GeForce GTX 800M Series. This is a top to bottom release, meaning the new GPUs range from entry-level (GeForce 830M) all the way up to what Nvidia claims is the fastest mobile graphics chip in the world, the GeForce GTX 880M. The new releases join Nvidia's already available 820M GPU.
A pair of gaming laptops wielding Nvidia GeForce 800M series GPUs
It never takes long for system builders to release products based around new hardware releases, and with Nvidia having just launched its GTX 800M series of GPUs, you can expect to see a handful of new gaming laptops over the next several days. To kick things off, MSI today unveiled a pair of well-equipped gaming laptops configured with Nvidia's latest silicon. They include the 16-inch GE Apache and 17-inch GT Dominator.
Little Big Disk boasts transfers of up to 1,375MB/s
With content creators now making 4K videos, high-speed storage solutions are fast becoming a necessity. That shouldn't be a problem for Lacie's new Little Big Disk. Lacie, which is owned by Seagate, says its Little Big Disk is the world's fastest portable storage solution ever, and with speeds of up to 1,375MB/s, it would be hard to argue against that claim. Of course, to be in the neighborhood of those speeds, you'll need to take advantage of the drive's Thunderbolt 2 port.