News en Shuttle XH Series: 3-Liter Barebones With Enough Room for Core i7, Up to Three Drives <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Shuttle XH81V" title="Shuttle XH81V" width="228" height="112" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>New barebone PCs measure just&nbsp; 240 x 200 x 72 mm</h3> <p>Taiwan-headquartered Shuttle is at it again, doing what it does best. The company, which specializes in small form factor (SFF) computers and barebones, has announced <a href="" target="_blank">two new diminutive barebones</a>. <strong>The new XH81 and XH81V are, per the company, “compact 3L media players” that are ideal for kiosks, vending machines, digital signage and POS applications.</strong></p> <p>In terms of <a href="" target="_blank">specs</a>, both models are nearly identical. Looks-wise, the only real difference is the fact that the XH81V has its front ports hidden behind a removable panel, whereas on the XH81 they are all fully exposed.</p> <p>Both models support Haswell processors — right from Celeron to Core i7 — and up to 16GB of RAM (2 DDR3 SODIMM slots). Other specs include two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, two Mini-PCIe slots, and up to five COM ports (only two on XH81V). Further, both come with a 90W external power supply and heatpipe cooling with two 60mm fans.</p> <p>“Both systems support 4K and are designed to operate in a range of ambient temperatures, from 0-50 ⁰C. The XH series is based on an Intel H81 express chipset and designed for current Intel processors with an LGA 1150 socket and up to a TDP of 65W,” Shuttle said in a press release Thursday.<iframe src="//" width="620" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>“The XH series is highly customizable for either workplace or home environments as users can configure the systems with up to three storage drives. There are installation options for three 2.5" HDD/SSD drives or alternatively two 2.5" HDD/SSD drives plus an optical slimline drive. A 3.5" drive can also be installed using a PHD4 accessory which is sold separately.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> barebones Hardware haswell Shuttle xh series xh81 xh81v News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:41:26 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28532 at Leaked Videos Show Key Windows 9 Features <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>See Windows 9’s Notification Center, Start Menu and multiple desktops in action</h3> <p>Microsoft may not have officially lifted the curtain on <a href="" target="_blank">Windows 9 (a.k.a “Threshold”)</a> but if sites like <a href="" target="_blank">WinFuture</a> continue to have their way, the Redmond-based company will have very little new to show us when it finally does get down to unveiling its next desktop operating system. (We don’t have an issue with these leaks, though.) The German site, which recently posted a bunch of allegedly <a href="" target="_blank">leaked screenshots of the rumored-to-be-upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview</a>, has now taken to posting <strong>videos that showcase some of the upcoming OS’s features.</strong></p> <p>Four such videos have been released thus far by the German outfit. It is clear from the two videos dedicated to the returning Start Menu that in its latest avatar this iconic UI element will give the user a lot of say over its overall look and feel. You can not only pick and choose which Live Tiles you want your Start Menu to have, but it is also possible to have no Live Tiles at all and have a Smart Menu that is not too different from the one found in Windows 7.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the remaining videos, one shows the all-new <a href="">Notification Center</a> in action while the other sheds light on the upcoming operating system’s multiple desktop functionality. </p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> leak multiple desktops notification center OS rumor Software Start Menu virtual desktops windows 9 technical preview News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:56:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28531 at Bad PC Ports Need to Go Away: Dead Rising 3 Edition <!--paging_filter--><h3>Column: Now I know why they call it the Apocalypse Edition</h3> <p>PC games are buggy, and console games just work right out of the box – that’s at least the stigma that console gamers place on the PC. The truth is that PC gaming is <a title="pc gaming" href="" target="_blank">miles ahead of the consoles</a>, but I do have to admit that that there are grains of truth to the stigma.</p> <p>When Dead Rising 3 launched on the PC on September 5th, I encouraged my console-playing friend to play the game cooperatively with me on Steam. So we both got on Skype and fired it up. Immediately upon booting it up, however, I noticed the astonishingly long load times. To be fair, I did install it on my hard drive as opposed to my SSD, but these boot times were abnormally long and my friend noticed the same on his machine. The long boot times would be the least of my problems with the game, however. When I actually got into the game, something was definitely not right, and I'm not talking about the game's impending zombie apocalypse. It felt like I was playing more of a slideshow than a game. The framerate performance was terrible, which I thought was odd considering I was playing on my high-end i7 rig coupled with a GeForce GTX Titan. Sure I was trying to run the game maxed out, but considering I was using a $1,000 GPU on what essentially is a console port, max settings should have been a cakewalk.&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dead_rising_3_pc_port.jpg" width="460" height="215" /></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>More like "Dead Rising 3: Bad Port Edition"</strong></p> <p>And my friend’s more humble PC equipped with a modest 560 Ti GPU? Well, it started sweating bullets on medium. “This is why I’m not into PC gaming,” my friend exclaimed. The comment stung a little and we both decided to tone down our graphics settings. I noticed a bump in performance when I ran the game at medium settings, but it still ran like crap. Upon doing some research, I found out that Capcom had capped the game to run at 30FPS. D’oh! Contrary to what console gamers might say, 30FPS is not enough, and friends don't let friends play at 30FPS.</p> <p>To be fair to Capcom, apparently the company did warn PC gamers that the game would be locked to 30FPS prior to Dead Rising 3’s launch, but still, a warning does not excuse a crime. That’s like someone telling you, “Sorry, but I’m going to punch you” right before punching you. In other words, it doesn’t really help. The straight truth of the matter is that Dead Rising 3 on the PC is a lazy port, and trust us when we say we know a thing or two about a bad port as we’ve done a roundup of <a title="bad pc port" href="" target="_blank">the worst offenders</a>. At this point, we’d have to say Dead Rising 3 is a dead ringer to be on that list (see what I did there?).</p> <p>On the brightside, yes, there is an easy .ini fix to remove the 30FPS cap, but even Capcom advises against this because the company suggest that users 1)might need really beefy hardware and 2) it could potentially cause “<a title="dead rising issues" href="" target="_blank">issues</a>.” Furthermore, I’m personally a little afraid that the tweak might conflict with a future update down the road. In addition, this fan-made patch reinforces the negative stereotype that PC gamers need to manually tweak their games just to play them properly. The least Capcom could have done here is to include an in-game menu option to remove the 30FPS limit with perhaps a warning that it might cause some instability on lower-end systems. After all, if we’re smart enough to choose PC gaming, we’re smart enough to toggle a menu switch. In addition, some of us do in fact have super beefy hardware and would like the option to use it on an occasion such as this. *cough*</p> <p>Terrible performance issues aside, Dead Rising’s framerate is hardly the most pressing issue with the game at the moment. When my friend and I were slugging our way through the co-op campaign, the game crashed on me multiple times and booted my friend out of the online instance as well. I was hoping to play the game all night with my buddy, to show him the joys of Steam and PC gaming, but after four game crashes in an hour, even I had to admit defeat.</p> <p>Over the next few days, I found out that my situation was not an isolated incident and that <a title="game crashes" href="" target="_blank">TONS of users are reporting game crashes</a>. To Capcom’s credit, the company has acknowledged the crashes and are attempting to do something about it, but only time will tell if this specific matter gets resolved.&nbsp;</p> <p>I haven’t given up on Dead Rising 3 and was able to enjoy the game, well, at least from the little that I was able to play of it, but I’d much prefer to return to the zombie apocalypse when the bugs are ironed out. Because really, who likes fighting bugs and zombies at the same time?</p> <p>However, the bigger thing I want to say to Capcom and other game developers is this: PLEASE STOP THE LAZY PC PORTS! These buggy, unoptimized ports do nothing to bolster the sales of your games. But more importantly,&nbsp;your rush job gives PC gaming an undue bad rep.</p> 30 bad port console crash crashes crashing dead rising 3 framerate locked pc Steam Gaming News Features Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:39:09 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28530 at NFL Announcers Slip on $400 Million Surface Deal, Calls Microsoft's Tablets iPads <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />Can the NFL get anything right these days?</h3> <p>Not only did the NFL mishandle a major situation with Ray Rice's domestic abuse incident, but even comparatively minor tasks are turning into fumbles. Before the season began, Microsoft inked a $400 million deal with the NFL to make its Surface the official tablet of the league for the next five years. Under normal circumstances, that would be a sound (and even savvy) advertising deal on Microsoft's part, except for one little thing -- <strong>NFL announcers couldn't help but to refer to the Surface tablets as iPads</strong>.</p> <p>Something like that should draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but if you're Apple, you'll take the free exposure. As for Microsoft, it had to endure at least two television announcers making the same mistake during the first week of the season, including one that occurred during Monday Night Football.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Business Inside</em>r</a>, ESPN's Trent Dilfer cracked a joke saying he wondered how long it took Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Tom Moore to "learn how to use the iPad to scroll through pictures."</p> <p>The other known incident happened when New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was seen by Fox commentator John Lynch using the Surface on the sideline. Lynch joked that Brees was "not watching movies on his iPad."</p> <p>Funny stuff, though Microsoft would undoubtedly prefer if NFL announcers would spend less time cracking jokes and more time learning the difference between a Surface and an iPad.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware iPad microsoft mobile NFL slate Surface tablet News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:02:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28529 at U.S. Department of Justice Fines HP $108 Million for Foreign Bribery Scandal <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp.jpg" alt="Hewlett-Packard" title="Hewlett-Packard" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />HP and its subsidiaries face a hefty fine for felony violations of corruption</h3> <p>After pleading guilty to felony violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), <strong>Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiaries have been ordered to pay a total of $108 million in criminal and regulatory penalties</strong>, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this week. Specifically, HP was caught bribing Russian government officials to secure a large and lucrative technology contract.</p> <p>According to the Principal Deputy Assistant General Miller, HP's Russian subsidiary spent millions of dollars in bribes from a secret slush fund to secure the government contract. He called it a "sham transaction" and said that it was equally perturbing that it involved Russia's top prosecutor's office.</p> <p>"For more than a decade HP Russia business executives participated in an elaborate scheme that involved paying bribes to government officials in exchange for large contracts," <a href="" target="_blank">said FBI Assistant Director in Charge McCabe</a>. "There is no place for bribery in any business model or corporate culture. Along with the Department of Justice, the IRS and international law enforcement partners, the FBI is committed to investigating corrupt backroom deals that threaten our global commerce."</p> <p>According to the DoJ, HP Russia created excess profit margins to finance the slush fund through an elaborate buy-back deal scheme. That involved HP subsidiaries selling computer hardware and other technology products under contract to a Russian channel partner and then buying the same products back from an intermediary at around a $10 million markup with an additional $5.4 million in purported services. HP Russia then sold the same products to the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at the increased price.</p> <p>The three HP entities involved will pay over $76 million in criminal penalties and forfeiture, plus more than $31.4 million in disgorgement, prejudgement interest, and civil penalties, bringing the grand total to over $108 million.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> department of justice doj hewlett-packard hp News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:45:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28528 at Leaked Press Photo of GeForce GTX 970 Suggests Nvidia is Skipping 800 Series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/zotac_geforce_gtx_970.jpg" alt="Zotac GeForce GTX 970" title="Zotac GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Thank you Zotac for the confirmation!</h3> <p>Supposed benchmarks of Nvidia's forthcoming GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 980M GPUs were <a href="" target="_blank">leaked to the web</a> earlier this week, and presuming they were real, it would seem that Nvidia is planning to skip right over the 800 Series and jump right into the 900s. Lest there be any lingering doubt, what looks to be <strong>an official press image of Zotac's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card is making its way through cyberspace</strong>.</p> <p>We spotted the image over at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which led us over to <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>. The site says the image was leaked by a Philippine store called PCHUB that was content to consider it a "sneak peek," though we're sure Zotac (and Nvidia) aren't super thrilled about it.</p> <p>In any event, the GeForce GTX 970 is rumored to feature 1,664 CUDA cores, 138 TMUs, and 32 ROPs with a 1051MHz GPU base clockspeed and 1178MHz GPU boost clockspeed. The Zotac card will have 4GB of GDDR5 memory, presumably clocked at 7012MHz on a 256-bit bus.</p> <p>We can also see that Zotac is deviating from the reference cooler in favor of its own custom solution. Since all we have is a photo to go on, there's no word yet of a price or release date, though it's rumored the 900 Series will launch on September 19.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card zotac News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:13:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28527 at Grand Theft Auto V Headed to PC January 27, 2015 with Prettier Graphics and New Weapons <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gta_v_pc.jpg" alt="Grand Theft Auto V" title="Grand Theft Auto V" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Yes, this release date is real</h3> <p>With all due respect to the PC gamers who, after waiting so long for Grand Theft Auto V to be ported to Windows with nary a peep from Rockstar Games, have understandably lost interest, this is a big day. At long last, <strong>Rockstar has finally picked a release date for GTA V on PC -- January 27, 2015</strong> -- and I couldn't be more excited. Why? Partially because I've played the game with delight on the Xbox 360 and was totally drawn in, and also because I'm anxious to see the improved graphics and new features.</p> <p>What about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? Rockstar's obvious preference for consoles has GTA V arriving on the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18, 2014, more than two months ahead of the PC launch. Whatever, let's not act surprised that the PC is last line -- a familiar place with Rockstar.</p> <p>As to the game, all three platforms will see a "range of major visual and technical upgrades" that will make Los Santos and Blaine County prettier and more immersive than they've ever been. You can expect increased draw distances, a higher resolution, and a handful of new additions such as new weapons, vehicles, and activities, more wildlife, denser traffic, a new foliage system, enhanced damage and weather effects, and more.</p> <p>Those who <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order</a> will receive $1,000,000 of in-game currency, half of which you can spend in GTA V and the other half allocated to GTA Online. If you've already been playing GTA Online, you'll be able to transfer your character and progression to PC (or PS4 or Xbox One).</p> <p>There's no arguing it's been a long wait, and with still four months to go, Rockstar is undoubtedly alienating some PC gamers. To tide you over -- assuming you're still interested -- check out the new trailer below (taken from a PS4) and a bunch of <a href="" target="_blank">new screenshots</a> on Rockstar's website.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games Grand Theft Auto V gta v rockstar games Software News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:54:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28526 at Consumer Version of Oculus Rift Could be Available by Summer 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/dk2_front_small2.jpg" alt="Oculus Rift DK2" title="Oculus Rift DK2" width="200" height="133" style="float: right;" />Oculus Rift will have a limited rollout</h3> <p>Oculus VR has been keeping silent as to when it will release an Oculus Rift model for the consumer. There is certainly a demand for the product which has reached the point where the developer halted distribution of the Oculus Rift DK2 to China due to people re-selling the device for a higher price. However, instead of being gouged in order to own one,&nbsp;<strong>customers might be able to purchase the Oculus Rift consumer model in 2015</strong>, according to unnamed sources that spoke to <a title="Oculus Techradar" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">TechRadar</span></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The website claims that multiple sources have said that Oculus VR is planning to release a finalized version of the Oculus Rift “by summer next year.” But instead of a regular launch, the developer will release the headset in a limited rollout with one source saying that April 2015 is the release target, though the date could be pushed back to summer.&nbsp;</p> <p>While speculation continues as to when consumers will be able to acquire their own Oculus Rift, Oculus VR co-founder Nate Mitchell recently revealed that the potential price for the device will fall between $200 and $400. Another detail about the consumer model came from Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, who said that the consumer model will receive a “significant increase” over the DK2’s 1080p display and have a refresh rate that will be around <a title="Eurogamer" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">90Hz or higher</span></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Oculus consumer model oculus rift oculus rift dk2 Oculus Summer 2015 oculus vr News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:01:17 +0000 Sean D Knight 28524 at Screenshots of Windows 9 Technical Preview Leak Online <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_start_menu.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Start Menu" title="Windows 9 Start Menu" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />These are the screenshots we've been waiting to see</h3> <p>Yes folks, it looks like the Start Menu is indeed making a long overdue comeback in Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold). <strong>A German-language website posted a bunch of screenshots of the Windows 9 Technical Preview</strong> that's due out either later this month or in early October, according to <a href="" target="_blank">previous rumors</a>. One of those screenshots shows the Start Menu as it will appear on the Desktop.</p> <p>The Start Menu looks similar to the one in Windows 7, but updated with Tiles on the right-hand side. It gives access to all your apps and settings, along with a search field at the bottom and a power button at the top.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em></a>, the screenies posted by <a href=",83577.html" target="_blank"><em>WinFuture</em></a> are genuine and reflective of a "very early" build that was sent to close Microsoft partners. With that in mind, the final product is likely to look a little bit different, though you do get a pretty good idea of what to expect from Windows 9.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_screenie.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Screenshot" title="Windows 9 Screenshot" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p>Other tidbits shown off in the screenshots include a new search icon next to the Start button, a button that appears to be for the virtual desktops feature, Windows 8-style apps hovering on the Desktop, and the rumored <a href="" target="_blank">notifications center</a>.</p> <p>Image Credits: <em></em></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> operating system OS screenshots Software threshold windows 9 News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:54:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28523 at Google Extends Buyer Remorse Refund Window for Android Apps to 2 Hours <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_play_0.jpg" alt="Google Play" title="Google Play" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Take your time deciding if you like an Android app or not</h3> <p>You may have noticed that Google's been a bit more lenient with its refund window for Android apps. Unlike Ron Burgundy who was able to immediately regret his decision to jump into the bear exhibit, some of us take a bit longer to evaluate the situation. Officially, Google was giving users 15 minutes to uninstall a purchased app for a refund, though unofficially, it's been a bit longer for at least a month. Now <strong>Google has gone and updated its support page to make its two-hour refund window an official policy</strong>.</p> <p>To get a refund for an app you don't like, open the Google Play Store app on your mobile device, touch the Play Store icon and select My Apps, then select the app or game you want to return and look for the Refund option.</p> <p>"If the two-hour refund window has not yet passed, Open and Refund buttons will be displayed. If a Refund button is not displayed, your purchase is not eligible for a return," <a href="" target="_blank">Google states</a> on its Return Paid Apps &amp; Games page.</p> <p>If you're on a PC, you can return an app by visiting Google Play in your web browser. Once there, click the Gear icon, select My Orders, point to the app you want to return and click the Menu icon that appears, select Report a problem, and then use the Refund option.</p> <p>This only works once per app. So, if you previously downloaded an app you didn't like and already received a refund, if you re-download it at a later date, you won't be able to return it.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android apps Google mobile Software News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:19:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28522 at 'Internet Slowdown Day' Prompted 2 Million Protest Emails to Congress <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/net_neutrality_numbers.jpg" alt="Internet Slowdown Day Statistics" title="Internet Slowdown Day Statistics" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />Your voice is being heard</h3> <p>The Federal Communications Commission drafted a set of net neutrality rules that didn't sit well with the Internet community at large. In response to the proposed rule changes, which many fear could lead to paid Internet fast lanes if approved, a group of technology companies and activists got together for Internet Slowdown Day, a day of protest in which popular sites were filled with slow loading animations to show what the web would look like if the new rules were abused. As a result of this demonstration, <strong>Congress received over 2 million emails from concerned netizens</strong>.</p> <p>That figure is one of several stats posted to <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>, the online headquarters for the protest that includes companies and firms such as Mozilla, Reddit, Netflix, Foursquare, AVG, and dozens of others. Here are a few other figures to digest:</p> <ul> <li>303,099 calls made</li> <li>722,364 comments filed to the FCC</li> <li>4.7 million comments filed since March 1</li> <li>1.1 million Facebook shares</li> <li>10,000 sites participated</li> </ul> <p>"The numbers tell the story: People everywhere are using the Internet to save the Internet from phone and cable companies," said Fight for the Future Campaign Director Evan Greer. "We've shown that the best way to fight these powerful special interests in Washington is through mass action by people from outside Washington. The FCC and Congress can no longer dismiss the overwhelming consensus of public support for real Net Neutrality protections."</p> <p>This isn't the first time the Internet community has come together to protest a government bill related to the web, though it is the largest since the Blackout of 2012 when people stomped out the SOPA and PIPA copyright bills.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> interent internet slowdown day net neutrality online News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:51:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28521 at KitKat Now Powers a Quarter of Android Devices <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kitkat.jpg" alt="Android KitKat" title="Android KitKat" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />Jelly Bean still dominates, but KitKat is on the rise</h3> <p><strong>Android 4.4.x KitKat is now baked into about a quarter of all Android devices</strong> nearly a year after it was first released -- KitKat debuted on Google's Nexus 5 handset on October 31, 2013. With 24.5 percent of all Android gadgets running KitKt, the latest release is second only to Jelly Bean and enjoys a larger market share than all previous versions combined (Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, Froyo, Donut, and Cupcake).</p> <p>That's according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Android Developers Dashboard</a> portal. The data contained on the site reflects devices running the latest Google Play Store app and is snapshot of all the devices the visited the store within the past 7 days. In other words, it's not a wholly accurate representation of the landscape, but it is the closest estimate available and is probably not far off when consider that the majority of Android device owners don't root their phones or tablets.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>CNET</em></a>, KitKat's share of the Android market sat at 20.9 percent just a month ago, 17.9 percent in July, and 13 percent in June. That means it's been a good summer for KitKat.</p> <p>However, JellyBean still tops the chart with a dominating 53.8 percent share of the Android market, down just a blip from 54.2 percent in August. It's also worth mentioning that Android L (believed to be Lemon Meringue Pie) is not too far off in the distance.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android KitKat mobile operating system OS Software News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:40:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28519 at Microsoft Bumps OneDrive File Size Limit to 10GB <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/onedrive_1.jpg" alt="OneDrive" title="OneDrive" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />OneDrive's file size limit increases from 2GB to 10GB</h3> <p>In a forum post back in August responding to a user inquiry about OneDrive's low file size limit, Microsoft insisted that the 2GB ceiling wasn't an arbitrary restriction, though conceded it's become obsolete in today's broadband landscape. Microsoft said it was working on increasing the limit, and so it has -- <strong>OneDrive now supports file sizes up to 10GB</strong>, an 8GB bump over the previous max.</p> <p>"We’re excited to announce that you can now upload files up to 10 GB using the desktop apps for Windows and Mac, all of the mobile apps, and the OneDrive website! We recognized that people not only have more files than they did before, but they have bigger files as well. This is a top feature request we’ve received and we’re excited to deliver it!" Microsoft stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Business customers are still buried under the old 2GB limit, though Microsoft says it's working on enabling the same increase to 10GB and will offer another update when it's ready.</p> <p>In the meantime, all users will soon be able to enjoy an improved desktop experience in which Microsoft increased the number of files that can be downloaded or uploaded at any given time on PCs and Macs. According to Microsoft, internal testing of this parallel syncing netted a threefold increase in syncing speed. The feature is being rolled out worldwide within the coming weeks.</p> <p>Other changes to OneDrive include file sharing from within Windows Explorer and folder uploads via, both of which Microsoft says were popular feature requests.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cloud microsoft onedrive storage News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:12:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28518 at Google Announces Voice Call Features for Hangouts <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/hangouts_logo.jpg" alt="Hangouts Logo" title="Hangouts Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Free calls in the U.S. and Canada</h3> <p>For a while now, Google has provided two different services for video chats and voice chats. However, <strong>Google has announced that it is bringing voice chat to Google Hangouts</strong>.</p> <p>According to Google’s <a title="Google blog" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">official blog</span></a>, users will be able to make calls from Hangouts on iOS, Android, and the web. Users will be able to call someone from their Google Voice number, answer calls from Hangouts, send and receive sms messages while Google Voice voicemails will show up in Hangouts. In addition, consumers will be able to call numbers for free anywhere in the U.S. and Canada while International calls will not be free.</p> <p>For those who wish to take advantage of the new features coming to Hangouts, they will be activated over the next few days. Google Hangouts for Android will require version 2.3 and the accompanying dialer to take advantage of these features. Meanwhile, the iOS version only supports Google Voice calling for now with sms and voicemail support expected to be released soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Google Google Hangouts Google Hangouts voice calls google voice News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:57 +0000 Sean D Knight 28516 at Twice as Nice: Asus Unveils Z10PE-D8 WS Workstation Board with Dual CPU Sockets <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/asus_z10pe-d8_ws.jpg" alt="Asus Z10PE-D8 WS" title="Asus Z10PE-D8 WS" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Two is better than one</h3> <p>We're not at the point where we need to worry about running multiple processors for gaming and daily computing chores, though if you're piecing together a workstation for some heavy lifting, that second socket might be more of a necessity than a luxury. If that's what you're after, be advised that <strong>Asus just announced its Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard</strong>, a dual-CPU socket mobo based on Intel's C612 chipset.</p> <p>The dual sockets support Intel's recently announced Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family based on the company's Haswell architecture. Intel's product family tops out at 18 cores per socket and 45MB of last-level cache, so with two flagship chips plopped into the Z10PE-D8 WS, you could be rocking 36 physical cores - yeah, we just wet ourselves a little bit, too.</p> <p>You can also run up to four dual-slot graphics cards with support for 4-way SLI or CrossFireX, along with RAID cards, PCIe-based SSDs, video capture cards, and other high-speed components (the board is equipped with seven PCIe 3.0 slots).</p> <p>Since reliability is key in a workstation, Asus gave the board its high quality component treatment. It has integrated Driver-MOSFETs (Dr. MOS), Asus-exclusive Beat Thermal Chokes II (supposed to deliver up to 94 percent poer efficiency and lower temps), and 12K solid capacitors, which Asus says is a first on a server board.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Z10PE-D8 WS</a> will be available soon for $599 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard workstation z10pe-d8 ws News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:31:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28515 at