News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Talks Surface Pro 2 and Microsoft's Ecosystem http://www.maximumpc.com/seahawks_quarterback_russell_wilson_talks_surface_pro_2_and_microsofts_ecosystem <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_2_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 2" title="Surface Pro 2" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Russell Wilson is no longer an Apple guy</h3> <p>Microsoft's deal with the National Football League to showcase Surface Pro 2 hardware during games got off to a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nfL_announcers_slip_400_million_surface_deal_calls_microsofts_tablets_ipads_2014">rocky start</a> when TV commentators and players alike <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nfl_tv_announcers_still_referring_microsoft_surface_tablets_ipads_2014">repeatedly referred</a> to the devices as iPads. That amounted to free advertising for the competition, for which Microsoft paid good money ($400 million), but that's all in the past. Furthermore, <strong>Microsoft's Surface deal with the NFL is winning over players, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson</strong>, who revealed a dark secret.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/22/seahawks-qb-russell-wilson-interview/" target="_blank"><em>Engadget</em> met up with Wilson</a> at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, which is where the Seahawks practice. While speaking with him, Wilson revealed that he used to be an Apple guy -- an APPLE GUY! It's a shame he's willing to admit, though he doesn't tell people about it all that often.</p> <p>These days, he's a fan of Microsoft's ecosystem. He told <em>Engadget</em> that the Surface Pro 2 tablets Microsoft has been providing to teams has helped improve productivity for himself and the rest of the Seahawks as well.</p> <p>"Regardless of his previous interest in Cupertino products, he's now fully invested in the Microsoft ecosystem. Seriously, he <em>really</em> loves all things Microsoft," <em>Engadget</em> says.</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/seahawks_quarterback_russell_wilson_talks_surface_pro_2_and_microsofts_ecosystem#comments Hardware laptop microsoft NFL notebook russell wilson seahawks surface pro 2 tablet News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:06:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 29136 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tor Warns of Malicious Attempts to Disable Network http://www.maximumpc.com/tor_warns_malicious_attempts_disable_network_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tor_browser.jpg" alt="Tor Browser" title="Tor Browser" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Hackers may be targeting the Tor network</h3> <p>The <strong>Tor Project put out a warning to its users that there may be an attempt to incapacitate its network</strong> through the seizure of specialized servers called directory authorities, which help Tor clients learn the list of relays that make up the Tor network. Project leader Roger Dingledine, or "arma" as he commonly goes by, said steps are now being taken to ensure the safety of its users.</p> <p>"Our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain anonymity even if the network is attacked," Dingledine stated in a <a href="https://blog.torproject.org/blog/possible-upcoming-attempts-disable-tor-network" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "Tor remains safe to use."</p> <p>The Tor network provides a way for users to sidestep censorship and surveillance, as well as gives users a sense of privacy online. It's a network of virtual tunnels that routes data packets through a free, worldwide network of more than 5,000 relays rather than take a direct route from point A to point B.</p> <p>Dingledine put the warning out on Friday, though nothing new has developed over the weekend. In this case, no news seems like good news for the banks, diplomatic officials, law enforcement officials, bloggers, and everyone else who uses the Tor network. Attempts to disable the Tor network would interfere with all Tor users, not just the ones that hackers are trying to target.</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/tor_warns_malicious_attempts_disable_network_2014#comments hacking Privacy Security tor tor network News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:29:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29135 at http://www.maximumpc.com Score an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet for $299 (Today Only) http://www.maximumpc.com/score_amazon_kindle_fire_hdx_89_tablet_299_today_only_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amazon_fire_hdx_89.jpg" alt="Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" title="Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Save 30 percent today on Amazon's flagship tablet</h3> <p>Kudos to you if you can make it to the end of the year without anything but a bare wallet and depleted PayPal account. Anything else is a tall order with all the holiday sales -- it started with <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round" target="_blank">Black Friday and Cyber Monday</a>, both of which were extended by most retailers, and continued with things like Microsoft's <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_kicks_12_days_deals_79_toshiba_encore_mini_tablet_2014">12 Days of Deals</a>, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gogcom_kicks_autumn_sales_free_games_2014">GOG Autumn sale</a>, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_holiday_sale_kicks_runs_until_january_2_2015">Steam Holiday sale</a>, and so forth. And just when you thought the madness was over, Amazon has come out swinging with some tantalizing daily deals of its own -- <strong>today Amazon is offering is flagship Fire HDX 8.9 tablet starting at $299</strong>, a 30 percent savings over its regular selling price.</p> <p>That's a nice chunk off the tablet's list price of $429. I've played with one of these extensively, and for the most part, it's a very nice slate, especially at the reduced rate. You'll have to keep in mind that access to Google Play is out of the question (there are ways around that, like side-loading apps) and the highly modified version of Android (Fire OS) is tailored for Amazon's ecosystem. But beyond those things, it's a solid effort and much better than the company's Fire HD 7, which I think feels cheap and feature-poor by comparison.</p> <p>The Fire HDX 8.9 sports a 2560x1600 resolution (339 ppi), 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 720p HD front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and electronic image stabilization, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and 16GB, 32GB, 64GB of built-in storage (choose wisely, as there's no expandable storage option).</p> <p>Amazon has marked down the 32GB (starting at $299 with Special Offers, otherwise known as ads) and 64GB (starting at $334) SKUs, which you can <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=lp_10401554011_gb1h_tit_c-3_1182_26c91d56?rh=i%3Adigital-text%2Cn%3A10401554011&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;node=10401554011&amp;smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER" target="_blank">find 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/score_amazon_kindle_fire_hdx_89_tablet_299_today_only_2014#comments amazon Hardware kindle fire hdx 8.9 mobile slate tablet News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:54:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 29134 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Taps Overclocking Community to Test External Power Card http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_taps_overclocking_community_test_external_power_card_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_external_card.jpg" alt="Asus External Power Card" title="Asus External Power Card" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />External card helps to regulate voltages</h3> <p>One reason to get into the hardcore overclocking scene is because you get to play with the latest gear. If you're particularly good at your craft, companies will stumble over themselves trying to hook you up with high-end hardware as you chase world overclocking and benchmark records, as they all want their brands associated with such feats. So, it's not surprising that <strong>Asus has sent out a handful of external power card prototypes to the overclocking community</strong>.</p> <p>HWBOT forum user "elmor" <a href="http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=122457" target="_blank">posted a photo</a> of the card, which at this stage is part of an experimental project. Only a few test samples have been sent out -- Asus wants to gain some feedback from overclockers regarding features, functions, and performance.</p> <p>The card offers a single 8-phase output with an output voltage of 0-2.5V and output current of up to 500A. It has on-board voltage controls and monitoring, along with half a dozen hotwire connectors for auxillary VRMs. It's also firmware upgradable -- Asus intends to add profiles (save/load) to the mix along with a <a href="http://forum.hwbot.org/showpost.php?p=350620&amp;postcount=12" target="_blank">few other tweaks</a>.</p> <p>This isn't uncharted territory. EVGA offers a similar tool in its <a href="http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-UC-0400-BR" target="_blank">EPower Board 2.0</a> ($100 MSRP) and there's also <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GIGABYTE/posts/10152495454521948" target="_blank">Gigabyte's G-Powerboard</a> that it showed off at Computex.</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/asus_taps_overclocking_community_test_external_power_card_2014#comments asus external power card Hardware overclocking News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:11:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29133 at http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar Motherboards to Incorporate Built-in LAN Protection from Lightning Strikes http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_motherboards_incorporate_built-_lan_protection_lightning_strikes_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/super_lan_surge_protection.jpg" alt="Super LAN Surge Protection" title="Super LAN Surge Protection" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Motherboard maker takes lightning storms seriously</h3> <p>Here's the thing, folks -- if you want to protect your PC from lightning strikes and other electrical surges, plug it into a UPS backup power supply with built-in surge protection. For added caution, shut down and unplug your PC during lightning storms. And <strong>if you're super paranoid about your LAN port giving up the ghost, well, you'll be happy to know that Biostar has your back and will begin integrating a chip into its motherboards to strengthen electrical stability</strong>.</p> <p>Biostar is calling the feature "SUPER LAN Surge Protection," and you know it's good stuff because they emphasized "super" with all-caps. Going forward, all Biostar products will incorporate the technology, offering four times greater protection against lightning strikes and electrical surges than the competition.</p> <p>It's not clear if USB ports are also protected, as the company's infographic would make it appear. Either way, this isn't really the sort of thing that's going to make Biostar more appealing to power users. For the most part, anyway -- we suppose if you've had a bad string of luck with LAN ports getting fried, this is right up your alley. And before you scoff at the idea, we can think of at least one persion who would be all over this kind of thing:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OGR6Wk3Kboo" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></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/biostar_motherboards_incorporate_built-_lan_protection_lightning_strikes_2014#comments Biostar Build a PC Hardware lan motherboard surge protection News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:21:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 29132 at http://www.maximumpc.com Judge Rejects Settlement in Shareholder Case Over HP’s Autonomy Acquisition http://www.maximumpc.com/judge_rejects_settlement_shareholder_case_over_hp%E2%80%99s_autonomy_acquisition223 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/Gavel2.png" alt="HP-Autonomy Shareholder Lawsuit" title="HP-Autonomy Shareholder Lawsuit" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Chides company and shareholders’ lawyers for ‘abdication of their responsibility’</h3> <p>We are sure Hewlett-Packard would like nothing more than to efface the memory of its disastrous 2011 acquisition of British software company Autonomy, but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon as right now <strong>it is struggling to get a federal judge to accept its settlement proposals in a shareholder lawsuit over the multi-billion dollar debacle</strong> — a $11.1 billion acquisition that resulted in a $8.8 billion write-down a year later, of which $5 billion was said to be on account of “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures” at Autonomy.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/20/us-hp-autonomy-ruling-idUSKBN0JX2J820141220">Reuters</a>, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Friday shot down HP’s settlement proposal in a shareholder lawsuit over the ill-advised acquisition, saying the proposed settlement would have been unfair to shareholders. Back in August, the same judge had rejected the original settlement proposal as it would’ve resulted in the shareholders’ lawyers making up to $48 million in fees.</p> <p>“The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," the judge wrote.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/judge_rejects_settlement_shareholder_case_over_hp%E2%80%99s_autonomy_acquisition223#comments acquisition autonomy court deal hewlett-packard hp law lawsuit write-down News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:29:28 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29130 at http://www.maximumpc.com Development of Xbox One VR Headset Said to be in Full Swing at Microsoft http://www.maximumpc.com/development_xbox_one_vr_headset_said_be_full_swing_microsoft345 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/xbox_one_reveal_1.jpg" alt="Xbox One " title="Xbox One " width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Dev kits have reportedly already reached some developers</h3> <p>Rumors of a <strong>virtual reality (VR) headset for Microsoft’s Xbox One console</strong> first began to swirl in March — around the same time as Sony’s Project Morpheus announcement at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) — but almost ten months later we have yet to see such a head-mounted display (HMD) with our own eyes. However, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer, admitting time and again to <a href="http://fortune.com/2014/04/25/new-xbox-head-phil-spencer-discusses-evolving-games-industry/" target="_blank">“playing with virtual reality”</a>, we can be certain of one thing: we are not dealing with a piece of vaporware here.</p> <p>Well, going by recent reports from <a href="http://vrfocus.com/archives/9782/developers-confirm-work-xbox-one-vr-kit/" target="_blank">VRFocus</a> and our sister site <a href="techradar.com/news/gaming/Microsofts-Xbox-VR-headset-is-alive-and-its-already-in-the-hands-of-developers/articleshow/45578407.cms" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>, it seems that not only is the Xbox One VR headset real, it is at a fairly advanced stage of development as well. Apparently, the entire effort is so far along that some developers are already in possession of Xbox One headset dev kits. Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141218PD210.html" target="_blank">Digitimes</a> is reporting that its sources expect the company to showcase the rumored device, allegedly being developed by the Surface development team, at the E3 gaming convention in June.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/development_xbox_one_vr_headset_said_be_full_swing_microsoft345#comments dev kit head-mounted display microsoft oculus rift project morpheus rumor vr headset xbox one News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:43:36 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29128 at http://www.maximumpc.com System-wide “Ok Google” Voice Search Comes to Chromebooks http://www.maximumpc.com/system-wide_%E2%80%9Cok_google%E2%80%9D_voice_search_comes_chromebooks228 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/ok-google-voice-search-chromebooks.png" alt="New Ok Google Voice Search " title="New Ok Google Voice Search " width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Available in the Dev channel</h3> <p>Google’s <strong>hotword-activated voice search</strong> has been available on Chrome OS for a while now, but in its current form the feature is somewhat limited on Chromebooks. As of now, you can only search in this way from the App Launcher or when you open a new tab. Well, that is unless you like to live on the bleeding edge of technology and have switched your Chromebook to the Dev channel.</p> <p>The latest Chrome OS Dev channel update contains a new “Ok Google” search experience, Google’s <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/c8v3TPc5tVZ?pid=6094576556224230658&amp;oid=100132233764003563318" target="_blank">François Beaufort announced on Google+ Friday</a>. As long as you are running the Dev channel version of Chrome OS and have enabled the chrome://flags/#enable-hotword-hardware flag, you can now search using the “Ok Google” hotword from any screen. (Note: The device must be on and unlocked.)</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/system-wide_%E2%80%9Cok_google%E2%80%9D_voice_search_comes_chromebooks228#comments chrome os chromebooks dev channel ok google Software voice search News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:26:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29127 at http://www.maximumpc.com Assassin’s Creed Unity Free Game Offer Has a Caveat http://www.maximumpc.com/assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_unity_free_game_offer_has_caveat250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/ubi_game_offer.jpg" alt="Ubisoft ACU Free Game Offer Page" title="Ubisoft ACU Free Game Offer Page" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Ubisoft is offering a free game to Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass holders</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_offers_free_dlc_assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_unity_launch_woes_2014">Announced late last month</a>, the <a href="https://acu.ubi.com/" target="_blank">free Ubisoft game offer</a> for those who own the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass or Gold Edition is now live. In case your memory needs some jogging, let us remind you that this is not an act of festive largesse on Ubisoft’s part but a form of recompense for the bug-riddled mess that is Assassin’s Creed Unity. But wait! Turns out there’s more to the free game offer than meets the eye.</p> <p>If you look inside the offer’s terms and conditions, as the folks over at <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/12/18/your-assassin-s-creed-unity-season-pass-free-game-comes-with-a-legal-catch.aspx" target="_blank">Game Informer</a> did, you will find that those availing of the offer are effectively waiving their right to sue Ubisoft over any issues with the latest title in the popular franchise: “You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally release, waive, and forever discharge and covenant not to sue Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., and each of its past, present and future divisions, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, predecessors, successors and assigns, together with all of their respective past, present and future employees, officers, shareholders, directors and agents, and those who give recommendations, directions, or instructions or engage in risk evaluation or loss control activities regarding the campaign (all for the purposes herein referred to as “released parties”) from any and all liability to you, your assigns, heirs, and next of kin for any and all claims, demands, charges, lawsuits, debts, defenses, actions or causes of action, obligations, damages, loss of service, compensation, pain and suffering, attorneys’ fees, and cost and expenses of suit, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, arising out of or related to the purchase, acquisition, rental, possession and/or usage, and/or the intent to purchase, acquire, rent, possess and/or use, the assassin’s creed unity video game and/or the assassin’s creed unity season pass on any and all platforms, and/or related to the campaign, whether caused by the negligence of the released parties or otherwise.”</p> <p>Before you freak out, bear in mind that such waivers are not new and we have <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_updating_user_agreements_block_class-action_claims" target="_blank">seen many a litigation-wary company turn to them</a> in a bid to limit, if not completely block, any future legal claims. Moreover, as pointed out by <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/20/7427437/assassins-creed-unity-free-game-lawsuit-class-action" target="_blank">Polygon</a>, a free Ubisoft game is probably worth as much as what individual “class members” would receive in a successful class action lawsuit over the game, anyway.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_unity_free_game_offer_has_caveat250#comments assassin's creed unity free game Gaming pc ps4 ubisoft video games xbox one News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:17:56 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29126 at http://www.maximumpc.com My Thoughts About Maximum PC and Our Community http://www.maximumpc.com/my_thoughts_about_maximum_pc_and_our_community <!--paging_filter--><h3 style="text-align: left;">Weekend Thoughts About the Future</h3> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It's now December 20th, and I've spent a few short weeks at Future working with the&nbsp;<em>Maximum PC</em>&nbsp;team and interacting with the community. I'd thought it would be valuable to our readers if I share some of my thoughts.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">So many of you have reached out to me to share ideas and voice concerns. I think when people voice their opinions and concerns, it means they do really care about what they're talking about. I feel that it's our responsibility in return, to be equally transparent and give insight into what goes on behind the scenes and what goes on in my own head.</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u191083/keys.jpg" alt="Keys" width="620" height="345" /><br /><em>I took a close-up shot of my keyboard for this article. Care to guess what it is?</em></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I've been compiling a list of ideas based on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/meet_maximum_pcs_new_editor--chief2014"><span class="s2">feedback that you've been providing</span></a>, and the way I've broken things down are for short term and long term goals. Things like interacting more with the community, producing more podcasts, publishing more in-depth guides and features, are all things that we can do immediately. Then there are things like creating a next generation publishing platform, and integrating new valuable features that help you digest our content and engage with other readers and our own team that take a little bit more time to think through carefully.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The long term future for&nbsp;<em>Maximum PC</em>&nbsp;is to get the website to be very comprehensive. The magazine, needs to support the site in a useful way. For example, for those who subscribe to the magazine, it would be nice to read things that aren't replicated on the site. There needs to be a symbiotic relationship between the two.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Then there’s the method in which we cover technology. Plainly speaking, all tech coverage has bias in some form or another. But to be honest, I think sometimes this is a good thing, especially for&nbsp;<em>Maximum PC</em>—the name in itself is leaning towards a particular side of the tech spectrum. I think readers value what our editors and writers think on a personal level. If you wanted dry content, Wikipedia might be a better read.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">All of&nbsp;<em>Maximum PC</em>’s writers and editors have different lifestyles different point of views and “Maximum” can mean many different things: maximum value for the money, maximum performance, etc. Your maximum may not be my maximum. I’m certain that if you’ve been reading the publication for a long time, you have gravitated towards a particular writer or editor for their style, and thoughts. Maybe you’ve developed a connection with them because of their lifestyle or something else, and therefore value their opinion. If I wrote articles about tech for fitness, and you don’t really give 2-cents about tech for fitness, then you’d have no interest in what I have to say.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Of course, we still back-up what we say with data when it matters. Benchmarks, endurance tests, and other evaluations are necessary to sustain a level of trust as well as meaning. Without data, everything would just be a personal opinion. This doesn’t mean we should go out and start being totally well-rounded though.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If we stayed completely neutral to all aspects of technology, I feel the publication would lose its personal touch, and consequently lose its personality. And it’s this personality that has allowed us to make such a strong connection with you and you to us.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">And if we lost that, then we might as well rename ourselves to&nbsp;<em>Yawn PC</em>.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/my_thoughts_about_maximum_pc_and_our_community#comments editor-in-chief maximum pc tuan nguyen News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:40:09 +0000 Tuan Nguyen 29125 at http://www.maximumpc.com IBM Wants to Tap Your PC and Android Devices to Cure Ebola http://www.maximumpc.com/ibm_wants_tap_your_pc_and_android_devices_cure_ebola <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ebola_research.jpg" alt="Ebola Research" title="Ebola Research" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Free app puts your Android device to work crunching data when it would otherwise be idle</h3> <p>Scientists are hard at work looking for a definitive cure to Ebola, and you can help. More precisely, if you're willing to donate idle time power from your PC and/or Android device, you can help the cause. How? <strong>The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has partnered up with IBM and its World Community Grid to form a volunteer computing project called "Outsmart Ebola Together," </strong>and all you need to do is install a free app.</p> <p>Once installed, your PC and/or Android phone or tablet will crunch data at times then they would otherwise be idle. Small computational assignments are sent out to participating devices, which the software then completes and returns to scientists. It's essentially another distributed computing project, like Folding@Home, and so far almost 3 million PCs and mobile devices used by more than 680,000 people and 460 institutions from 80 countries have contributed virtual supercomputing power this this and other WCG projects over the past 10 years.</p> <p>"Our molecular images of the Ebola virus are like enemy reconnaissance," <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45594.wss" target="_blank">said Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire</a> of TSRI, one of the largest private biomedical research institutes in the United States. "These images show us where the virus is vulnerable and the targets we need to hit. In the Outsmart Ebola Together project, we will be able to harness World Community Grid’s virtual supercomputing power to find the drugs we need to aim at these targets."</p> <p>It took just one week on the grid for the Ebola project to complete what it would have taken a single PC with a single processor around 35 year to complete, <a href="http://time.com/3634732/ibm-ebola-cure/" target="_blank"><em>Time</em> reports</a>. Speed is critical in this case as Ebola continues to spread and mutate.</p> <p>The caveat? One would presume lower battery life since idle time is now being put to work, however the software only does its thing when your device is pugged in and connected to Wi-Fi (to avoid data charges). Unfortunately there's no iOS version of the free app yet, though IBM is working on it.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/" target="_blank">go 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/ibm_wants_tap_your_pc_and_android_devices_cure_ebola#comments android distributed computing ebola Hardware ibm scripps research institute world community grid News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:55:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 29124 at http://www.maximumpc.com Western Digital Expects Storage Market to Grow by Billions of Dollars http://www.maximumpc.com/western_digital_expects_storage_market_grow_billions_dollars_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hdd_5.jpg" alt="HDD" title="HDD" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Cloud computing and IoT are pushing demand for more storage</h3> <p>Don't feel too bad for storage players as the prices of hard drives and solid state drives continue to come down -- there's still money to be made. Lots of it. By <strong>Western Digital's estimation, the global storage market will reach $38 billion by the end of this year</strong>, up from $36 billion a year ago. And that's not all -- WD sees the growth continuing into next year and beyond, with 2015 seeing $42 billion in storage sales.</p> <p>Home computers and PC storage applications account for nearly half of all storage sales, though WD sees enterprise customers becoming bigger buyers in the not-too-distant future, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141218PD217.html"><em>Digitimes</em> reports</a>. This is due to a rise in popularity among cloud-based services and the growing Internet of Things (IoT) trend.</p> <p>As it stands, the overall demand for storage reached 4.4 zettabytes in 2013, or 4.4 billion terabytes. A drop in the bucket compared to where things are headed over the next several years -- by 2020, that figure is expected to balloon to 44 zettabytes.</p> <p>WD expects enterprise demand to outpace that of PCs next by either next year or 2016. To ensure it capitalizes on however the market shakes out, WD is planning a series of product lines in varying categories, including new opportunities in cloud compouting, IoT, NAS, and personal cloud applications.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/downhilldom1984/6034381675" target="_blank">Flickr (Dominik Bartsch)</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/western_digital_expects_storage_market_grow_billions_dollars_2014#comments Hard Drive Hardware HDD solid state drive ssd storage wd Western Digital News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:34:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 29123 at http://www.maximumpc.com U.S. Plans to Officially Pin Blame for Sony Hack on North Korea http://www.maximumpc.com/us_plans_officially_pin_blame_sony_hack_north_korea_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_pictures.jpg" alt="Sony Pictures" title="Sony Pictures" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Evidence points to North Korea as the culprit behind a cyber attack on U.S. soil</h3> <p>After investigating a major cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the theft and subsequent leak of various data, it appears there's enough evidence to suggest that North Korea is the culprit, as was previously suspected. However, <strong>U.S. authorities have been debating whether or not to publicly accuse North Korea of the attack</strong>, fearing that doing so would play into the country's hands of seeking a confrontation. According to reports, the decision's been made.</p> <p>Another reason why authorities were hesitant to confront Kim Jong-un and his regime is because it could negatively affect ongoing diplomacy efforts to negotiate the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped several yars ago. Nevertheless, President Barack Obama is expected to address the hacking incident and call out North Korea during an end-of-year news conference scheduled for 1:30 PM EST today, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/19/us-sony-cybersecurity-usa-idUSKBN0JX1MH20141219" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>The cyberattack on Sony ranks as the biggest ever on U.S. soil. Attackers made off with a treasure trove of data, including social security numbers of actors and actresses, movie scripts, internal emails, and more. However, the attack turned particularly ugly when hackers made threats against cinemas and movie goers planning to attend "The Interview," a far-fetched comedy in which the CIA enlists a couple of dimwits to assassinate Kim Jong-un.</p> <p>Sony took the threat seriously, ultimately cancelling the movie's Christmas Day debut. It's unclear if the movie will release to theaters at a later date or if Sony has alternate plans for the film.</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/us_plans_officially_pin_blame_sony_hack_north_korea_2014#comments hacking north korea Security sony the interview News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29122 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Delays Fiber Expansion, Keeps the Details Vague http://www.maximumpc.com/google_delays_fiber_expansion_keeps_details_vague_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_fiber_roadmap.jpg" alt="Google Fiber Roadmap" title="Google Fiber Roadmap" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Several U.S. cities eagerly await Google to announce its fiber expansion plans</h3> <p>Just a few locations have benefited from Google's fiber roll out, which allows for up to 1Gbps Internet service (both uploads and downloads) along with the bundling of TV service at relatively affordable price points. More cities are on the expansion roadmap, though <strong>Google has decided to postpone plans to launch its fiber service in new territories before the end of the year</strong>, the company announced.</p> <p>"We've been working closely with cities ... to figure out how we could bring them Google Fiber, and we're grateful for their vision, commitment, and plain old hard work," Google said in a statement, <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/google-fiber-expansion-news-on-ice-19360165/" target="_blank">according to <em>SlashGear</em></a>. "While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we'll be back in touch sometime early next year."</p> <p>Google didn't offer up any specific reasoning for the delay into 2015, though it may have to do with wanting to put in more research into existing infrastructures before jumping in with shovels and machinery. In speaking with the <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/techflash/2014/12/google-statement-fiber-plans-raleigh-durham-nc.html" target="_blank"><em>Triangle Business Journal</em></a>, Google Fiber director of business development, Jill Szuchmacher, likened the gung-ho approach to "getting married without having ever dated."</p> <p>"If there's infrastructure built, there is no reason to dig up a street," she added.</p> <p>AT&amp;T has also put the brakes on its gigabit expansion, at as it pertains to cities beyond those where a commitment already exists. However, AT&amp;T's delay is due to uncertainties with net neutrality rules, as the company wants to see what the future landscape will be like before it decides to further invest in fiber.</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_delays_fiber_expansion_keeps_details_vague_2014#comments 1Gbps delay Fiber gigabit Google Internet News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 29121 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asetek Wins Intellectual Property Lawsuit Against CMI http://www.maximumpc.com/asetek_wins_intellectual_property_lawsuit_against_cmi_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/asetek_logo.jpg" alt="Asetek Logo" title="Asetek Logo" width="200" height="188" style="float: right;" />Over $400,000 awarded to Asetek</h3> <p>Back in January 2013, <a title="Asetek website" href="http://asetek.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Asetek</span></a> filed a suit against CMI USA Inc, formerly known as Cooler Master, for patent infringement on two of the patents held by the company. Asetek requested that CMI must cease and desist the production and sale of its Seidon <a title="MPC Seidon 120M Review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/cooler_master_seidon_120m_review" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">120M</span></a>, 120XL, and 240M liquid cooling systems because the pumps were too similar to its own design. On Wednesday, a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that <strong>CMI had infringed on Asetek’s patents</strong>.</p> <p>Asetek was awarded $404,841, a royalty of 14.5 percent, which was based on CMI’s infringing sales since 2012. The jury decided that CMI was infringing on US Patent No 8,240,362 and, after the trial began, CMI stipulated to infringement of Asetek’s US Patent No. 8,245,764. In addition, Asetek is seeking an injunction against CMI with a trial judge expected to set a hearing soon.</p> <p>“Although it is frustrating to have spent significant time and resources in a courtroom, it is rewarding to be vindicated in this way," said Asetek Founder and CEO André Sloth Eriksen. “We appreciate the value of competition, but it must be done on equal terms. We will not accept anyone blatantly copying the patented solutions that we have worked so hard to bring into the market.”</p> <p>Asetek is also continuing patent infringement cases against CoolIT Systems and AVC over the same two patents that CMI infringed. &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/asetek_wins_intellectual_property_lawsuit_against_cmi_2014#comments Asetek CMI CMI USA Cooler Master lawsuit liquid cooling liquid cooling system pump News Water Cooling Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:11:43 +0000 Sean D Knight 29119 at http://www.maximumpc.com