News en Report: Microsoft Smartwatch Announcement Imminent <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Microsoft Readying Smartwatch" title="Microsoft Smartwatch" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Only a matter of weeks now</h3> <p>Microsoft, which first flirted with smartwatches through its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative all the way back in 2004, is rumored to be on the verge of re-entering the smartwatch market. A new report suggests that the <strong>company could launch a wearable device within the next few weeks. </strong></p> <p>This report comes to us from <a href="" target="_blank">Forbes</a>, which was also the first to report back in May that a “sensor-rich smartwatch” capable of syncing with iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones was in the works at Microsoft. According to the latest report, Microsoft is getting ready to unveil the device in the next few weeks. Forbes has further learned from sources close to the development effort that the plan is to make the device available soon after the launch so as to make the most of the coming holiday season.&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />Other than cross-platform compatibility, the device is said to be capable of lasting two days on a single charge despite constantly tracking the wearer’s heart rate — this monitoring functionality reportedly relies on company’s extensive optical engineering know-how.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: BizJournals</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android heart rate monitor ios kinect microsoft smartwatch spot Wearable windows phone News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:14:36 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28747 at Are Chrome and Android About to Merge? <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Chrome-Android Merger" title="Chrome-Android Merger" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Recent management change suggests so</h3> <p>Talk of Android and Chrome OS merging into a single platform is nothing new. It has been around since the day Google first lifted the curtain on the cloud-based operating system, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitting as far back as 2009 that the two appeared likely to “converge over time”. Now, per the <a href="" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, such a <strong>merger is looking more and more likely in light of a recent management change inside the software behemoth.<br /></strong></p> <p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering at Google’s Android division, has now also been entrusted with the task of overseeing the Chrome engineering team. Google previously had Linus Upson in this role. </p> <p>This move shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. We have now finally begun to see some synergy between the two platforms, with Google last month bringing the first batch of Android apps — Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine — to the cloud OS. These apps run on Chrome using using the App Runtime for Chrome (beta), a project the company announced at Google I/O in June. The company is now “working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.” To us, it looks more like the “Androidifcation” of Chrome than a merger. What do you think?</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Chrome Story</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on<a href="" target="_blank"> Google+</a></p> android app runtime for chrome chrome os Hiroshi Lockheimer linus upson Software News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:42:56 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28746 at This HDMI Stick Rocks a Bay Trail Chip, Supports Windows 8.1 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" title="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A thumb drive-sized PC powered by a quad-core Bay Trail Atom SoC</h3> <p>ARM clearly has the PC-on-a-stick niche cornered. What’s more, it has enjoyed a near unmolested run at the top in this category. But this might be set to change. Some Chinese suppliers have begun selling a <a href="" target="_blank">diminutive Bay Trail-powered PC the size of a USB stick. </a></p> <p>The device in question packs a quad-core <a href="" target="_blank">Intel Atom Z3735F/G</a> chip with a clock speed of 1.3GHz (up to 1.83GHz burst frequency). Capable of running a wide variety of operating systems including Windows 8.1 and Android, this <a href="" target="_blank">thumb drive-sized PC</a> comes with up to 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, and one HDMI out port.</p> <p>A Chinese seller on Aliexpress is selling this <a href="" target="_blank">mini PC for $110 a pop (shipping extra)</a>. However, it’s not clear whether this price is for the the basic version or the best configuration. The former has a Z3735G chip, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android bay trail Hardware HDMI intel pc-on-a-stick windows 8.1 News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:42:24 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28745 at Patent Troll’s Bid to Benefit from Windows Live Tiles Falls Flat <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Live Tiles on a Windows Phone" title="Live Tiles " width="228" height="115" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>All patent claims ruled ‘unpatentable’</h3> <p>Microsoft is not the only company to have pinned high hopes on Windows Live Tiles and been let down. The user interface element that has come to be associated with Windows 8’s well-documented alienation of desktop users has been at the center of a patent lawsuit since 2012.&nbsp; A little-known Portland, Maine-based company named <a href="" target="_blank">Surfcast</a>, which inhabits the obscure realm of “operating system technology” design, suddenly shot to attention a couple of years back, when it filed a <strong>lawsuit against Microsoft, accusing the latter of infringing on one of its patents with Live Tiles.</strong> The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on Monday gave its <a href="">final written decision in an inter partes review (IPR) of patent 6,724,403 (the “'403 patent”)</a> and sadly for Surfcast, Live Tiles are just as difficult to make money from as ever.</p> <p>In its final written decision, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board declared as many as <a href="">52 of Surfcast’s patent claims “unpatentable.”</a> Now this wouldn’t have been such a huge problem had the total number of claims in Surfcast’s patent not been exactly 52. Ouch!</p> <p>“Microsoft has shown by a preponderance of the evidence that claims 1–52 of the ’403 patent are unpatentable,” the board said in its decision.&nbsp; Further, the board also denied Surfcast’s motion to amend claims.</p> <p>Anyway, here’s an excerpt from <a href=";hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=IVhEVP2zIMGxuAS-zYGgDQ&amp;ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA" target="_blank">the ’403 patent</a> describing Surfcast’s proposed tiles-based interface:&nbsp; “The present invention comprises a grid of tiles that resides on the user's computer desktop. The grid of tiles provides a uniform, graphical environment in which a user can access, operate, and/or control multiple data sources on electronic devices. The graphical environment is uniform with respect to the source of accessed information and can manage multiple streams of content, entirely of the user's choice. For example, the invention presents video clips, e-mail messages, television shows, Internet sites, application programs, data files and folders, live video streams, music, radio shows, and any other form of analog signal, digital data or electronically stored information, to the user uniformly and simultaneously, regardless of whether the information is stored locally or available via modem, T1 line, infrared, or any other form of communication.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> inter partes review lawsuit live tiles microsoft patent Patent Troll surfcast UI windows 8 windows 8.1 windows phone News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:34:08 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28744 at 40 Awesome 3D Wallpapers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/avp.jpg" alt="avp" title="avp" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />Deck out your desktop with some awesome 3D wallpapers</h3> <p>Bold <strong>3D wallpapers</strong> are a growing trend that we happen to think look extremely cool. They often are beautifully rendered, have interesting subject matter, and feel like you can reach out and touch them. Whether you're looking for some additions to spice up your collection or needing some new desktop adornments, we've rounded up 40 of the best 3D wallpapers we could find, with some fun geeky surprises here and there.</p> <p><strong>Warning:</strong> Before you continue willy-nilly downloading wallpapers, do understand that we can't be held accountable for any third-party links you download. Many of these websites may be plagued with adware. We suggest you read our <a href="" target="_blank">how-to-download-without-installing-adware article</a>&nbsp;in case you plan on downloading from third-party sites.</p> 3d wallpapers background customization Desktop News Features Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:52:10 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27296 at Apple Starts Accepting Pre-Orders for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ipad_air_2.jpg" alt="iPad Air 2" title="iPad Air 2" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />New tablets all around</h3> <p>Market research firms like Gartner report that <a href="" target="_blank">tablet growth is slowing</a> as consumers are <a href="" target="_blank">reluctant to upgrade</a>, but be that as it may, it hasn't stopped Google and Apple from releasing new models. Google earlier this week unveiled it's <a href="">HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet</a> with a 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC inside, and following yesterday's press event, <a href="" target="_blank">Apple is now taking pre-orders for its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 slates</a>.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 is thinner than its predecessor at 6.1mm and faster courtesy of its custom A8X processor. It also features a Touch ID sensor, improved FaceTime HD camera that's better equipped to take those all-important selfies, and a superior 8MP rear camera that can take burst photos, timelapse videos, and record in slo-mode.</p> <p>Apple also upgraded the Wi-Fi to 802.11ac MIMO supporting data rates up to 866Mbps, along with faster LTE connectivity (up to 150Mbps).</p> <p>As for the iPad mini 3, not much is different, other than it too has a Touch ID sensor and comes with a gold color option.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 runs $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB. LTE versions of each one carry a $130 premium. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 costs $399 and up.</p> <p>You can place your <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order on Apple's website</a>. Incidentally, Google's Nexus 9 will also be up for <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order sometime today</a> (scroll down) through Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop.</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> apple Hardware ipad air 2 ipad mini 3 mobile slate tablet News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28743 at Play 10 Titles on Steam for Free Until Sunday <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_free_weekend_weekend.jpg" alt="Steam Free Weekend Weekend" title="Steam Free Weekend Weekend" width="228" height="232" style="float: right;" />No reason to be bored this weekend</h3> <p>Did your significant other break up with you recently? Are your friends out of town on business trips? Whatever the reason is for your weekend being in need of filling, Steam has you covered. <strong>Going on now is Steam's first ever "Free Weekend Weekend," which features 10 games that you can play for free up through Sunday, October 19, at 1 PM Pacific</strong>. If you like any or all of them, you can purchase each one at a discount.</p> <p>The temporarily free to play and discounted titles include:</p> <ul> <li>Payday 2 ($7.49, down from $29.99)</li> <li>Company of Heroes 2 ($9.99, down from $39.99)</li> <li>Awesomenauts ($2.49, down from $9.99)</li> <li>Don't Starve ($5.09, down from $14.99)</li> <li>Trine 2: Complete Story ($3.99, down from $19.99)</li> <li>GRID 2 ($7.49, down from $29.99)</li> <li>Killing Floor ($4.99, down from $19.99)</li> <li>Blade Symphony ($3.74, down from $14.99)</li> <li>XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.50, down from $29.99)</li> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition ($9.99, down from $19.99)</li> </ul> <p>The discounts range from 50 percent off on up to 80 percent off, with the majority marked down 75 percent. Though you have until the afternoon on Sunday to play for free, the discounts will remain in effect until Monday, October 20, at 10 AM Pacific, <a href="" target="_blank">Steam says</a>.</p> <p>You can check out the Free Weekend Weekend games <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</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> free games Steam News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:35:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28742 at Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Inside is Now Available to Pre-Order <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_2_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook 2" title="Samsung Chromebook 2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Leather-wrapped Chromebook 2 models from Samsung start at $250</h3> <p>If the only thing that's stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is that you're waiting for a company to stitch a strip of leather-like material to the lid, well, you're in luck. <strong>Samsung today announced that it's taking pre-orders for its 11.6-inch Chromebook 2</strong>. According to Samsung, the build is nearly seamless, supported by a strong metal frame from top to bottom and covered with a leather-like case, giving the system the appearance of an expensive briefcase.</p> <p>Not just for looks, <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung says</a> there's a function to the material -- it makes the Chromebook 2 easier to grip and hold, which the company points out is especially important for students and children. That's a good point, considering that Chromebooks are becoming popular in education circles.</p> <p>The Chromebook 2 sports an Intel Celeron N2840 processor (2.58GHz, 1MB L2 cache) inside, along with 2GB of DDR3L-1333 RAM. It also features a 1366x768 resolution, 16GB of internal storage, Intel HD Graphics, a pair of 2W stereo speakers, 720p HD webcam, and up to 9 hours of battery life.</p> <p>As for dimensions, the Chromebook 2 measures 11.40 x 8.6 x 0.66 inches and weighs just 2.65 pounds.</p> <p>You can pre-order the Chromebook 2 for $250 on <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung's website</a>, or at least you will be able to sometime today (we're not seeing the listing at the time of this writing). It will be widely available next week.</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> chrome os chromebook 2 Google intel laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs samsung News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:16:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28741 at AMD Sees Decline in Computing and Graphics Segment, Readies for Round of Layoffs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_building_2.jpg" alt="AMD Building" title="AMD Building" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Santa Clara chip designer plans to reduce headcount by 7 percent</h3> <p><strong>AMD's revenue for its fiscal third quarter of 2014 was flat sequentially and down 2 percent year-over-year at $1.43 billion</strong>, though the company still eeked out a $17 million profit, or $0.02 per share, along with operating income of $63 million. However, AMD's Computing and Graphics segment -- desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics -- took a 6 percent sequential hit and declined 16 percent year-over-year.</p> <p>"AMD's third quarter financial performance reflects progress in diversifying our business," <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1978751" target="_blank">said Dr. Lisa Su</a>, AMD president and CEO. "Our Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment results were strong; however, performance in our Computing and Graphics segment was mixed based on challenging market conditions that require us to take further steps to evolve and strengthen the financial performance of this business. Our top priority is to deliver leadership technologies and products as we continue to transform AMD."</p> <p>Part of Dr. Su's restructuring plan for AMD includes laying off 7 percent of the company's workforce, most of which will be completed by the end of the year. This will result in a restructuring and impairment charge of around $57 million next quarter, primarily related to severance packages, and a restructuring charge of around $13 million in the first half of next year that will be mostly related to real estate actions.</p> <p>"While decisions that impact the size of our global team are never entered into lightly, this is the right step to ensure we prioritize our resources and engineering investments in our highest-priority opportunities that can drive improved profitability and long-term growth," said Dr. Su.</p> <p>Heading into next quarter, AMD expects revenue to decrease 13 percent sequentially, plus or minus 3 percent.</p> <p>News of AMD's rough quarter, impending layoffs, and expected decrease in revenue next quarter prompted investors to hit the sell button. Shares of AMD tumbled more than 8 percent to $2.42 in after hours trading before recovering slightly to $2.64 today.</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> amd layoffs revenue News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:33:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28740 at HP to Stick a Fork in webOS, Preps Complete Shutdown of Services on January 15, 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/webos_glasses.jpg" alt="webOS beer glasses" title="webOS beer glasses" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Somebody start playing Taps</h3> <p>Palm had a potential winner in webOS, the mobile operating system that truly could have been awesome. Unfortunately, a series of missteps led to webOS falling out of relevance as Android and iOS raced to the front of the pack, so now all we can do is look back at what might have been. Oh, and make no mistake, webOS is pretty much history at this point -- so much so that <strong>HP announced plans to shut down its App Catalog and cloud services support for remaining webOS devices effective January 15, 2015</strong>. For the three or four of you who this affects, mark your calendars.</p> <p>"We appreciate your loyalty to the webOS platform," <a href="" target="_blank">HP said</a> in a succinct statement accompanying the announcement. There's also an <a href="" target="_blank">FAQ</a> that sheds more light on HP's decision to call it a night.</p> <p>HP explains that it's part of an ordelry end of life program, noting that it announced the end of webOS devices (phones and tablets) over three years ago. The company kept its services running as a courtesy to its customers, but now that the "user count has dwindled," HP says it's no longer viable to keep doing so.</p> <p>For those of you who still own a webOS device, it will continue to work beyond January 15, 2015, though you won't be able to download new apps or updates, backup or restore from the cloud, setup new devices, or recover lost passwords. If you purchased an app but have yet to download it, now is a good time to snag it -- the HP App Catalog will be unavailable after the shutdown.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Lisa Brewster)</a></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> hewlett-packard hp mobile operating system Palm Software webos News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:55:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28732 at Linksys Rolls Out a Pair of High End Wireless AC Routers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/linksys_e8350.jpg" alt="Linksys E8350" title="Linksys E8350" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />Dual-band or tri-band, take your pick</h3> <p>It's getting a bit difficult to keep up with the fast evolving wireless router market, as newer and faster models built around the Wireless-AC standard keep coming out a furious pace. One of the most active players in the high-end router game is Linksys, which just announced two new models -- the <strong>Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200) and the Linksys AC2400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router (E8350)</strong>.</p> <p>"Linksys is all about quality and performance. Our goal with these new routers is to provide a solution that will help families who have a lot of devices connected to the internet wirelessly achieve better performance on each device or for single users that demand high performance on a single device such as gaming or streaming video," <a href="" target="_blank">said Mike Chen</a>, vice president product development, Linksys. “"We have been working closely with our vendors to design and engineer these routers so they have advantages to outperform and provide the value consumers are looking for in high end routers."</p> <p>The EA9200 Tri-Band model features six active antennas -- three on the outside and three more on the inside -- to provide six data streams. It also has a dual-core 1GHz CPU with three integrated co-processors for a total of 2.96GHz of penta-core processing power, which is used in part to drive the device's Smart functions.</p> <p>There are three radios in all, including a single 2.4GHz radio with data transfer rates of up to 600Mbps (three spatial streams) and two 5GHz radios, each of which supports data transfer rates of up to 1300Mbps (three spatial streams). Though you can't combine all three channels into a single connection, Linksys adds the maximum data transfer speeds together to arrive at its AC3200 designation (600 + 1300 + 1300). It's a bit of a dubious practice, though one that all router makers participate in.</p> <p>As for the E8350, it sports two radios with data transfer rates of up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band (three spatial streams with 256QAM) and up to 1733Mbps on the 5GHz band (four spatial streams). There are four removable and adjustable antennas. According to Linksys, the E8350 provides the best overall performance to single devices that require high bandwidth, such as video streaming or online gaming.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">AC2400 (E8350)</a> will be available today for $250 MSRP; the <a href="" target="_blank">AC3200 (EA9200)</a> will be released to retail this weekend for $300 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> 802.11ac ac2400 ac3200 e8350 ea9200 Linksys networking Router wireless ac News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:34:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 28731 at FSP Brings the Juice with 80 Plus Platinum Aurum PT Power Supply Line <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fsp_aurum_pt_1200w.jpg" alt="FSP Aurum PT 1200W Power Supply" title="FSP Aurum PT 1200W Power Supply" width="228" height="199" style="float: right;" />Keeping things tidy with modular cables</h3> <p><strong>FSP's new 80 Plus Platinum certified Aurum PT power supply family</strong> leaves few, if any stones unturned. Available in 850W, 1000W, and even 1200W models, the high-end Aurum PT line boasts super high efficiency (over 92 percent), enough wattage to run the most demanding gaming systems, flat-ribbon modular cables to help keep the inside of your case nice and clutter free (as possible), and a neat looking design, in case the opportunity to show off your PSU ever presents itself.</p> <p><a href=";SN=159" target="_blank">According to FSP</a>, the Aurum PT uses full industrial grade Japanese capacitors and solid capacitors on the secondary side to ensure that the single +12V rail design delivers consistent, ripple-free power. The new PSU family also features FSP's proprietary "E-Sync Remote-Sensing" technology to provide synchronized 3.3V/5V/12V with a stable signal.</p> <p>Cooling chores are handled by a 135mm fluid dynamic bearing fan that supposedly stays cool and silent even during gaming sessions, and arrow-shaped ventilation holes that were aerodynamically designed to improve air extraction (FSP's claim, not ours).</p> <p>These PSUs ship with eight PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors to support up to four graphics cards, along with enough cables and connectors to hook up 13 SATA devices.</p> <p>The Aurum PT series is available now for <a href=";PSN=1099" target="_blank">$220 (850W)</a>, <a href=";PSN=1121">$240 (1000W)</a>, and <a href=";PSN=1122" target="_blank">$280 (1200W)</a> MSRP, all backed by 7-year warranties.</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> 80 plus platinum aurum pt Build a PC fsp Hardware modular power supply PSU News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:02:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28730 at MSI Injects Gaming All-in-One Systems with Nvidia's Latest Mobile GPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/2014-10_product_ag270_1.jpg" alt="MSI AIO" title="MSI AIO" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />High power gaming on an all-in-one</h3> <p><strong>MSI has gone and upgraded its 27-inch all-in-one gaming PCs with Nvidia's recently announced Maxwell-based mobile GPUs</strong>, the GeForce GTX 970M and 980M. These are supposedly the first AIO systems to feature Maxwell in mobile form, though the story doesn't end there -- they also feature a 4th generation Intel Core i7 4860HQ quad-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz (up to 3.6GHz via Turbo) and up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM.</p> <p>The 27-inch display on both the <a href="" target="_blank">AG270 2QC</a> (GTX 970M) and <a href="" target="_blank">AG270 2QE</a> (GTX 980M) models features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with multi-touch support, anti-flicker technology, and "Less Blue Light" technology applied to its anti-glare implementation -- <a href=";N=3326" target="_blank">according to MSI</a>, the end result is less eyestrain during extended gaming sessions.</p> <p>"To provide gamers with an even better gaming experience, the AG270 uses an anti-glare matte display featuring Anti-Flicker technology, which stabilizes the electrical current to prevent serious flickering seen in standard displays. Together with Less Blue Light technology, this helps to reduce eye fatigue after extended use while also enhancing the quality of the gaming environment," MSI explains.</p> <p>Other features include Killer E2200 LAN, up to three mSATA SSDs in RAID 0, 3.5-inch HDD (various options), Blu-ray writer, dual Yamaha 5W speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports (one with Super Charger technology), two USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, 2MP webcam, HDMI input, HDMI output, VGA output, microphone and headphone jacks, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Depending on the exact configuration, these systems are pretty pricey. We've only spotted a few so far online, which ranged from around $2,100 to $2,700.</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> aio all-in-one Gaming geforce gtx 970m geforcegtx 980m Hardware msi nvidia OEM rigs News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:41:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28729 at Lian Li's PC-T80 Open Air Test Bench Supports Liquid Cooling <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-t80.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-T80" title="Lian Li PC-T80" width="228" height="217" style="float: right;" />Keep those cups of coffee far, far away</h3> <p>Open air test benches aren't for everyone. Your mom and pop? They're probably not candidates. In fact, we'd venture to guess that the vast majority would prefer a traditional closed case. That's not to say there isn't a market for test benches -- reviewers, frequent upgraders, and those who are always tinkering will see the value in such a design. There aren't a ton to choose from, though <strong>the market for open air test benches did just grow by one with the introduction of Lian Li's PC-T80</strong>.</p> <p>Or it grew it two, if you want to consider the black (PC-T80X) and silver (PC-T80A) color options as two totally different beasts. Color differences aside, the PC-T80 follows in the footsteps of Lian Li's PC-T60 but adds native radiator support and a more modular design.</p> <p>It measures 17.3 (W) x 17.1 (H) x 13.1 (D) inches (440mm x 435mm x 335mm) and is separated into three zones. Up top is a dual-functioning bracket to install radiators up to 360mm or three 3.5-inch/2.5-inch HDDs. <a href="" target="_blank">According to Lian Li</a>, the HDD cage and power supply location in the lower zone can be exchanged without much effort, and if you need it, an additional HDD cage can be installed in the lower zone.</p> <p>The PC-T80 supports motherboards up to XL-ATX. It uses a tool-less mounting system for HDDs and features a pre-cut motherboard tray for the optional installation of USB and multimedia port connector cables.</p> <p>Both the <a href="" target="_blank">silver and black PC-T80 models</a> will be available soon for $169 (MSRP).</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></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> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li pc-t80 Test Bench News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:17:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 28728 at Google Unveils Nexus 9 Tablet with 64-bit Tegra K1 Inside <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nexus_9_tablet.jpg" alt="Nexus 9" title="Nexus 9" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />World's first Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet</h3> <p>Today's a big day for Google and its Android platform. In addition to launching the big-size <a href="">Nexus 6 handset</a> built by Motorola, <strong>Google today also unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet built by HTC</strong>. Like the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 rocks the newest build of Google's mobile operating system, Android 5.0, otherwise now known as Lollipop. Unlike the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 sports a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz inside.</p> <p>The Nexus 9 features an 8.9-inch IPS display with a 2048x1536 resolution (QVGA) and 4:3 aspect ratio. It also boasts 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage (non-expandable), 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and front-firing HTC BoomSound speakers.</p> <p>Brushed metal sides, clean lines, and a thin bezel give the tablet a sleek look, at least that's our impression from the press photos we've seen. There's also a soft grip back and "subtle curves," Google says. Optionally, you can add a keyboard folio that magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9 -- it folds into two different angles and is supposed to rest on your lap like a laptop.</p> <p>The 16GB ($399) and 32GB ($479) <a href="" target="_blank">Nexus 9</a> will go up for pre-order on October 17th.</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 5.0 Google Hardware htc lollipop mobile nexus 9 nvidia slate tablet tegra k1 News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:42:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28725 at