After coming out victorious in an appeals court last year, Seagate again has reason to celebrate a legal victory as the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the previous $630.4 million arbitration award levied against rival Western Digital. The initial award was issued on January 23, 2012, and continues to accrue interest at 10 percent -- as of October 8, 2014, the total award with interest is worth about $800 million.
A highly qualified replacement steps up to the plate
In an unexpected turn of events, AMD’s president and CEO Rory Read has stepped down with Dr. Lisa Su replacing him. The company released a press release stating that Read, as part of the AMD's transition plan, will maintain an advisory role with the company till the end of 2014 to help Dr. Su in her new role as president and CEO.
Planning a massive system build loaded to the gills with large components and high end parts? You'll need a case that's capable of housing all those parts, and if you're in the market for one, Enermax hopes you'll check out its new Thormax GT full tower enclosure. The Thormax GT is large and in charge with support for E-ATX motherboards, graphics cards up to 490mm in length, and 240mm and 360mm depth liquid coolers.
I'm back again with another video, since being on camera has made me drunk with power. This time, we're showing off Zotac's shiny AMP! Extreme Editon of the GTX 970, with boosted clock speeds, big cooling, and even a carbon fiber-esque backplate. This card uses Nvidia's new "Maxwell" architecture, which improves power efficiency and performance, in addition to adding features like Voxel Global Illumination and Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing. You can read all about that in our review of the GTX 980, which is the 970's big brother (as its numbering probably indicated).
"There's not a strong reason to wear one every day." - HTC on smartwatches
Handset maker HTC will launch at least one new product later today during a planned press event, but whatever the company has on tap, it won't include a smartwatch. After originally planning a wearable device in this time frame, HTC's smartwatch "ended up just not being ready," the company said. That doesn't mean HTC is suddenly disinterested in smartwatches, but it does want to make sure that when it enters the category, it will be a worthwhile experience.
We don't know if it's something in the Starbucks lattes in Silicon Valley or what, but all of a sudden companies are either announcing breakups or exploring whether or not to spin-off a division. Auction site eBay recently announced that it plans to give Paypal a set of wings and let it fly solo, and then Hewlett-Packard decided that it too was ready for a split (between its PC and printer businesses). Now there's talk that Symantec is considering a breakup as well.
Twitter wants permission to publish its full transparency report
Under the current rules set forth by the U.S. government, Twitter is prohibited from reporting on the scope of surveillance of its users. That includes revealing how many national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders the microblogging service has received, regardless of whether the number is zero or much higher. In seeking to lift such restrictions, Twitter filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department with the U.S. District Court of Northern California.
A longtime reader of Maximum PC discovered his passion for building computers from reading our magazine, and now several years later, he's on Kickstarter trying to raise funds for Neutron. What is Neutron, exactly? Neutron is a NUC-like mini PC that's designed to offer the same performance as found in desktop towers, but in a form factor that can literally fit in the palm of your hand.
Update: Now with more screens and information on Nvidia battery boost
When Nvidia unveiled its first Maxwell-based graphics cards during its GAME24 event, the company trumpeted increased performance alongside power efficiency, allowing for high-end video cards that run cooler and quieter. That's the kind of combination that's ideal for mobile gamers, and if you've been waiting for Maxwell to arrive on laptops, your wait is over -- Nvidia this morning launched its GeForce GTX 970M and 980M notebook GPUs.
We got Acer's XB280HK monitor in, which is the company's 28-inch 4K G-Sync unit. For now, it's the only 4K G-Sync unit that you can buy. G-Sync is a technology from Nvidia that sycronizes your monitor's refresh rate with your video card's refresh rate, which eliminates screen tearing (but it's not compatible with all GeForce cards). 4K resolution, at 3840x2160, is four times as many pixels as 1920x1080, so it needs a lot of horsepower to play a game. We tested the monitor on one of our GeForce GTX 980 video cards running Batman: Arkham Origins, a game that's optimized for Nvidia graphics. Your guide in the Youtube video is Tom McNamara, our Technical Editor.