News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/%252Fposting.php%3Fmode%3D%20sport%20jerseys%20cheap%2526amp%3Bct%3Dclnk en CyberPowerPC's Raven X6 Gaming Laptop Takes Flight Starting at $1,199 http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/raven_laptop.jpg" alt="Raven X6" title="Raven X6" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />A sleek and stylish laptop</h3> <p><strong>CyberPowerPC today uncaged its new Raven X6 laptop for gamers</strong>. The Raven X6 sports a 15.6-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1920x1080 resolution powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ mobile processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It all comes wrapped in an aggressive looking chassis with sleek angles and subtle aesthetic enhancements and accents.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $1,199. In addition to the components listed above, the Raven X6 also features 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), two USB 3.0 ports, HD webcam with dual digital microphones, backlit keyboard, HDMI output, 4-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>There are a few upgrade options, such as bigger and faster storage choices, more RAM, and a bunch of accessories (mice, keyboards, headsets), though you can't hog wild pimping this thing out with more powerful components -- the options just aren't there.</p> <p>You can order a <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/LandingPages/RAVEN/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC Raven X6</a> right now.</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/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM raven x6 rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:36:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28393 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Turnaround Effort on Track as Quarterly Sales Top Expectations http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_turnaround_effort_track_quarterly_sales_top_expectations_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_systems.jpg" alt="HP Systems" title="HP Systems" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />Rise in desktop and laptop sales helped HP beat Wall Street estimates</h3> <p>Though HP didn't reclaim its spot as the number one supplier of PCs, the second-place OEM surprised analysts with a strong third quarter. <strong>HP's net revenue in the third quarter came to $27.6 billion, up 1 percent compared to the same period a year ago</strong>, while earnings per share came to $0.89, up 3 percent year-over-year. That's slightly better than Wall Street's estimate of a drop in revenue to $27.01 billion.</p> <p>HP has been working hard to turn things around as it restructures its operations. Unfortunately, doing so entailed making significant job cuts in the tens of thousands, though on the bright side those efforts seem to be paying off.</p> <p>"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we've made," <a href="http://h30261.www3.hp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=71087&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1959911&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">said Meg Whitman</a>, chairman, president and chief executive officer, HP. "When I look at the way the business is performing, the pipeline of innovation and the daily feedback that I receive from our customers and partners, my confidence in the turnaround grows stronger."</p> <p>HP's revenue from its PC division rose 12 percent year-over-year, with a 9 percent uptick in desktop sales and an 18 percent jump in notebook sales. This helped offset declines in printing, software, and enterprise revenue.</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/hp_turnaround_effort_track_quarterly_sales_top_expectations_2014#comments hewlett-packard hp revenue News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:51:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28392 at http://www.maximumpc.com Facebook Extends Bug Bounty Program to Oculus Rift http://www.maximumpc.com/facebook_extends_bug_bounty_program_oculus_rift_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/oculus_rift_4.jpg" alt="Oculus Rift" title="Oculus Rift" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />Get paid to root out bugs in Oculus Rift</h3> <p>The concept of a bug bounty program is nothing new, and even Facebook will line your pockets with cash if you discover a qualifying security vulnerability in the social network or select acquisitions it's made. Until now, however Oculus Rift was exempt. <strong>Facebook has now extended its bug bounty program to Oculus Rift</strong>, which joins other Facebook acquisitions such as Instagram, Parse, Onavo, and Moves.</p> <p>Bounties are awarded at the discretion of Facebook's bug bounty team. Should yours qualify, the minimum reward you're receive is $500. On the flip side, there is no maximum reward, and the more severe and creative the bug, the higher the bounty will be, according to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/whitehat" target="_blank">Facebook's bug bounty page</a>.</p> <p>Though this is Facebook's first hardware device, Facebook security engineer Neal Poole tells <em>The Verge</em> that at present, the majority of bugs related to Oculus Rift are in the message system for Oculus developers and parts of the website. As a result, the bugs are similar to the ones found in the social network.</p> <p>"A lot of the issues that come up with Oculus are not necessarily in the hardware yet," <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/20/6004113/facebook-will-now-pay-you-money-to-find-bugs-in-the-oculus-rift" target="_blank">Poole says</a>. "Potentially in the future, if people were to go explore and find issues in the SDK or the hardware, that is definitely of interest to us."</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergesegal/9084799176" target="_blank">Flickr (Sergey Galyonkin)</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/facebook_extends_bug_bounty_program_oculus_rift_2014#comments bugs facebook oculus rift Security Social Networking Software virtual reality vr wearables News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:32:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28391 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces Compact Chromebox CXI Series Starting at $180 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_compact_chromebox_cxi_series_starting_180_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebox_cxi.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebox CXI" title="Acer Chromebox CXI" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Acer's first desktop PC running Google's Chrome OS</h3> <p>Does Google's Chrome OS have the legs to stretch beyond Chromebooks and into the mini PC category? Looks like we'll find out, as <strong>Acer just announced its new Chromebox CXI line for customers in North America</strong>. Acer isn't taking aim at just one category of users -- instead, the company says the CXI series is an appropriate solution for education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscious shoppers who don't need a mobile platform.</p> <p>Housed in a compact 0.6 liter (6.41 x 5.12 x 1.3 inches) chassis that stands upright and is VESA mountable, the Chromebox CXI makes the most out of its space by offering fast boot up times in around 8 seconds and near-instant resume from sleep mode.</p> <p>Acer <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/80860" target="_blank">plans to launch </a>two Chromebox CXI models, the first of which is the CXI-2GKM with an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (supports up to 8GB), 16GB solid state drive, SD card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GbE LAN, four USB 3.0 ports (including one with power off charging for smartphones and tablets), DisplayPort and HDMI output, and of course Google's Chrome OS.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebox_cxi_vesa.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebox CXI VESA" title="Acer Chromebox CXI VESA" width="620" height="493" /></p> <p>The second model is the CXI-4GKM. It boasts the same specs, save for the RAM, which gets doubled to 4GB.</p> <p>Both the CXI-2GKM and CXI-4GKM will be available next month for $180 and $220, respectively.</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/acer_announces_compact_chromebox_cxi_series_starting_180_2014#comments Acer chromebox cxi Hardware nettop oem rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:01:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28390 at http://www.maximumpc.com Velocity Micro Adds Custom Designed MX3 Case to System Configuration Options http://www.maximumpc.com/velocity_micro_adds_custom_designed_mx3_case_system_configuration_options_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/velocity_micro_mx3.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro MX3" title="Velocity Micro MX3" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" />Micro in size, big in expandability</h3> <p>In days gone by, deciding between high end components and a space saving configuration was a delicate balancing act with compromises made along the way. Things are different today. Hardware has evolved, and it's now possible to build a potent system inside a smaller size case. <strong>Velocity Micro's custom designed MX3 chassis is one such example of a compact case that can handle full size components</strong>, and it's now available from the boutique builder as a configuration option.</p> <p>The MX3 is a microATX case that can handle up to two high-end graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti, a 240mm liquid CPU radiator, and up to half a dozen hard drives. As far as Velocity Micro is concerned, it's the most power-capable and upgradeable mATX case available in the custom PC industry.</p> <p>"This latest chassis is the culmination of nearly six months of research, design, and development," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We believe its unique combination of design, power capabilities, and outstanding thermals will make it extremely popular with our enthusiast audience. It’s a significant leap forward both for us and for the industry."</p> <p>Velocity Micro's MX3 case option is <a href="http://www.velocitymicro.com/mx3-chassis.php" target="_blank">available now </a>in configurations starting at $1,099 (Edge Z40). For that price, you get a Gigabyte H97M-D3H motherboard, Intel Core i5 4460 processor, 8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 graphics card, 1TB hard drive, 24X Asus DVD burner, 500W EVGA power supply, and Windows 7 Home Premium.</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/velocity_micro_adds_custom_designed_mx3_case_system_configuration_options_2014#comments Hardware matx mx3 sff Small Form Factor velocity micro News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:07:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 28389 at http://www.maximumpc.com DFC Intelligence: Nearly All PC Game Sales are Digital Downloads http://www.maximumpc.com/dfc_intelligence_nearly_all_pc_game_sales_are_digital_downloads_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_games.jpg" alt="Steam Games" title="Steam Games" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Physical media in the PC gaming sector is nearly dead</h3> <p>Think for a moment about the last 10 PC games you purchased. If the statistics presented by analyst DFC Intelligence are correct, than at least nine of those games were digitally downloaded as opposed to physical copies. Long gone are the days when you'd walk into Software Etc. and emerge with a bag full of game boxes containing floppy disks, and later CDs. <strong>According to DFI Intelligence, 92 percent of all PC game sales around the world in 2013 were digital</strong>.</p> <p>DFC Intelligence provided that tidbit to <a href="http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/read/digital-sales-make-up-92-of-global-game-revenues/034551" target="_blank"><em>PCR</em></a>, though it didn't say what the outlook for 2014 looks like. However, there's no reason to believe that trend is reversing, especially if you've walked into a GameStop lately -- the PC section has been reduced in most stores to a sad little rack that would normally hold a few accessories.</p> <p>Going digital isn't a bad thing, nor has it hurt developers and publishers. DFC said earlier this year that the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/%E2%80%9Cpc_games_have_surpassed_console_games%E2%80%9D_says_dfc_intelligence_owner_2014" target="_blank">PC games market leapfrogged console gaming</a> in revenue for the first time.</p> <p>"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience," DFI Intelligence owner David Cole explained at the time.</p> <p>It's not hard to believe. As our sister site <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/19/analyst-says-digital-sales-made-up-92-percent-of-pc-game-market-in-2013/" target="_blank"><em>PC Gamer</em> points out</a>, EA <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/08/01/ea-financial-results-revealed/" target="_blank">announced</a> in its Q1 financial results for fiscal year 2013 that it made more money from PC sales than PlayStation 3, and it credited digital sales as the reason why.</p> <p>Welcome to the future.</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/dfc_intelligence_nearly_all_pc_game_sales_are_digital_downloads_2014#comments DFC Intelligence digital downloads games Software News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:15:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28387 at http://www.maximumpc.com Barnes and Noble Rolls Out Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook for $179 http://www.maximumpc.com/barnes_and_noble_rolls_out_samsung_galaxy_tab_4_nook_179 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_galaxy_tab_4_nook_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook" width="228" height="220" style="float: right;" />Welcome back to the tablet scene, Barnes and Noble</h3> <p>After failing to compete in sales with the likes of Amazon and its Kindle Fire line, <strong>Barnes and Noble is officially invested in tablets again with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook</strong>. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is essentially a combination of the Android-based Nook platform baked into the Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware and billed as the first ever full-featured Android slate.</p> <p>The device measures 7.36 (H) x 4.25 (W) x 0.35 (D) inches and weighs 9.74 ounces. It has a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution (216 ppi), 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD card slot), 802.11n Wi-Fi, micro-USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headset jack, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 3MP rear-facing camera, GPS, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p>"The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the most advanced Nook ever, delivering the great Nook experience our customers have come to love, with the high-performance tablet features they’ve asked for," <a href="http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/press_releases/8_20_14_samsung_galaxy_tab_4_nook.html" target="_blank">said Michael P. Huseby</a>, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes &amp; Noble, Inc. "We invite reading and entertainment fans to visit their local Barnes &amp; Noble store to experience the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Once they do, we’re certain they will make this innovative device part of their daily routine."</p> <p>B&amp;N says the new Nook is geared towards reading, and to get users started, it comes bundled with $200 of free Nook reading and entertainment content, including three bestselling e-books -- Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four.</p> <p>You can grab an ad-free <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/samsung-galaxy-tab-4-nook-tablet/379004262" target="_blank">Galaxy Tab 4 Nook</a> right away for $179 after a $20 instant rebate. The device is available black and white color options.</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/barnes_and_noble_rolls_out_samsung_galaxy_tab_4_nook_179#comments barnes and noble ebook reader galaxy tab 4 nook mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:42:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28386 at http://www.maximumpc.com Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft's Board to Focus Energy on Los Angeles Clippers http://www.maximumpc.com/steve_ballmer_leaves_microsofts_board_focus_energy_los_angeles_clippers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ballmer_clipper.jpg" alt="Steve Ballmer at Clipper Rally" title="Steve Ballmer at Clipper Rally" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Ex-Microsoft chief cuts last remaining tie to go all-in with the Clippers</h3> <p>Admit it, you miss Steve Ballmer, even if just a little bit, right? Okay, so maybe some of you don't -- perhaps you're still holding a grudge over Windows 8, or perhaps Ballmer's slow play into mobile has you shaking your head. He hasn't always made the right decisions during his time at Microsoft, but nobody can question his passion. Now it's the Los Angeles Clippers organization and fan base that will get to see his antics on a consistent basis. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, <strong>Ballmer announced he's stepping down as a board member at Microsoft</strong>, thus truly marking the end of a 34-year run with the company.</p> <p>It's been nearly six months since Ballmer relinquished his role as CEO of Microsoft, and now that he's no longer on the board of directors, his only remaining tie with the organization is that of a shareholder, which anyone can become with a $45 investment. Ballmer said it would be "impractical" to remain on the board as he takes on teaching responsibilities and the constant demands of owning an NBA franchise after acquiring the Clippers for $2 billion.</p> <p>He offered some parting advice for Nadella, telling him that "Microsoft will need to be bold and make big bets to succeed in this new environment." Ballmer believes the future success of Microsoft lies in part with enterprise subscriptions, hardware, and advertising revenues. He also imparted plenty of optimism and said Nadella is free to bounce ideas off of him.</p> <p>"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will. I continue to love discussing the company’s future. I love trying new products and sending feedback. I love reading about what is going on at the company," Ballmer wrote in his letter to Nadella. "Count on me to keep ideas and inputs flowing. The company will move to higher heights. I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can."</p> <p>As for Ballmer's future, he's already made his presence and style know to Clipper nation during a fan rally in which he brought his usual high energy and fervor. You can watch the fan rally below.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4U10FUI7W78" 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/steve_ballmer_leaves_microsofts_board_focus_energy_los_angeles_clippers_2014#comments basketball clippers microsoft nba steve ballmer News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:54:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28385 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Introduces a Pair of Space Saving Veriton Desktop PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_introduces_pair_space_saving_veriton_desktop_pcs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_veriton_monitor.jpg" alt="Acer Veriton Monitor" title="Acer Veriton Monitor" width="228" height="206" style="float: right;" />Mini desktop systems take aim at businesses and education</h3> <p><strong>Acer today announced its new Veriton N4630G series of commercial mini desktops</strong> for businesses and educational institutions in the U.S. There are two models in the new series -- Veriton N4630G-i54570X and Veriton N4530G-i34150X -- both of which offer security features in a space saving, one-liter chassis. They're also fairly affordable, with the former selling for $649 and the latter going for $549.</p> <p>In terms of simplifying routine IT tasks, both rigs come with various software tools for managing system images and protecting intellectual assets. These include Acer Officer Manager (AOM), which allows IT workers to remotely configure system settings and deploy usage limits, and Acer ProShield, which wraps various security features (encryption, file shredding, BIOS import and export tool) within a unified interface.</p> <p>As for the hardware, the <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-model/DT.VKMAA.002" target="_blank">i34150X sports </a>an Intel Core i3 4150T processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GbE port, two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, VGA and DisplayPort output, mini PCI Express slot, and choice between Windows 7 Professional 64-bit or Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. The <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-model/DT.VKMAA.006" target="_blank">i54570X</a> is nearly identically spec'd, save for the processor, which is bumped up to an Intel Core i5 4570T.</p> <p>Both systems are available now.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_veriton_nettop.jpg" alt="Acer Veriton Nettop" title="Acer Veriton Nettop" width="620" height="278" /></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/acer_introduces_pair_space_saving_veriton_desktop_pcs#comments Acer Desktop Hardware n4630g OEM rigs veriton News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:14:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28384 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Adds Three Business Class Desktop PCs to ThinkCentre Line http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_adds_three_business_class_desktop_pcs_thinkcentre_line_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_e63z.jpg" alt="Lenovo E63z" title="Lenovo E63z" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Latest systems from Lenovo are all business</h3> <p>After <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_reports_104_billion_quarterly_revenue_reaches_record_high_pc_market_share_2014">five straight quarters</a> of being on top, Lenovo shows no signs of relinquishing its position as the world's largest supplier of PCs (in terms of sales and volume). The number one PC maker is also determined to outpace the industry average in desktop PC growth, hence <strong>Lenovo just announced three new additions to its ThinkCentre desktop PC line</strong> designed for business users as companies look to leave Windows XP in the dust.</p> <p>The first of the new systems is the ThinkCentre E63z, a space saving all-in-one machine with a 19.5-inch HD+ display. It's decked out with business-friendly features such as smart USB protection, CompuTrace support, and a Kensington slot that doubles a chassis lock. Models powered by Intel Core i3 processors also include HDMI output, a card reader, and a Rapid Charge USB port to keep those mobile devices juiced up.</p> <p>Second up is the ThinkCentre M53. It comes in the same "Tiny" form factor as its high powered siblings, the M73 and M93p, but with a lower price tag. It includes a remote power up option with a supported keyboard and flexible mounting options to help make the most out of your desk space.</p> <p>Finally we have the ThinkCentre M79 with AMD A-Series APU options inside. It offers up to 50 percent superior graphics performance compared to its predecessors and comes with SSD and SSHD options. These mini towers can also support three independent displays with the optional DisplayPort connector.</p> <p>The ThinkCentre E63z is available now starting at $479 with Intel Core i3 models coming later this year. Lenovo's ThinkCentre M79 is also available now, starting at $49, and the ThinkCentre M53 tiny desktop will be available soon starting at $439.</p> <p>See pics of all three rigs in our gallery below.</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/lenovo_adds_three_business_class_desktop_pcs_thinkcentre_line_2014#comments business e63z Hardware lenovo m53 m79 OEM rigs thinkcentre News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28381 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seeing Double: HTC One M8's Identical Twin Runs Windows Phone 8.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/seeing_double_htc_one_m8s_identical_twin_runs_windows_phone_81_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_one_m8_for_windows.jpg" alt="HTC One M8 for Windows" title="HTC One M8 for Windows" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />Exact same phone, completely different platform</h3> <p>The HTC One M8 is one of the most popular Android devices available, but what would happen if you stripped the phone of Android and installed Windows Phone 8.1 under the hood? Ladies and gentlemen, you're about to find out. <strong>HTC today unveiled the HTC One M8 for Windows</strong>, which in addition to bringing a premium design to the Windows Phone platform, it's also the first time an iconic flagship device has been offered on multiple OSes, HTC says.</p> <p>If you're familiar with the specs of the Android version, then you're familiar with the Windows SKU, as well. It's the exact same device, save for the software and Windows Phone tattoo on its backside. It sports the same all-metal unibody design, curved back, 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Duo Camera with UltraPixel, 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera, and so forth.</p> <p>"Consumers love the HTC One (M8) and today’s introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences hungry for choice in their mobile experience," <a href="https://www.htc.com/us/about/newsroom/2014/2014-08-19-htc-one-m8-windows/" target="_blank">said Jason Macikenze</a>, president of HTC Americas. "HTC fills a gap in the market for unique devices that put a premium on form and function. Microsoft shares our vision, and that’s why we committed to bringing the Windows Phone platform to the HTC One (M8)."</p> <p>The HTC One M8 for Windows is available now through Verizon Wireless online for a promotional price of $100 with a two-year service agreement or $30 per month via Verizon Edge; it will also be available in stores tomorrow.</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/seeing_double_htc_one_m8s_identical_twin_runs_windows_phone_81_2014#comments Hardware htc mobile one m8 smartphone windows phone 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:03:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28379 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fuhu Unveils Ginormous 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab Tablets for Kids http://www.maximumpc.com/fuhu_unveils_ginormous_20-inch_and_24-inch_nabi_big_tab_tablets_kids <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nabi_big_tab_hd.jpg" alt="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" title="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />A massive tablet for the little ones</h3> <p>At first glance, you might think <strong>Fuhu's 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab HD tablets</strong> were built for Shaquille O'Neal. After all, who else but a 7-foot 1-inch massive specimen would such giant slates be for? Turns out Fuhu designed the large size tablets specifically for kids, an interesting target audience for what the company claims are the world's biggest Android tablets made for sharing.</p> <p>"We are so pleased to introduce the nabi Big Tab line of products and are excited about the implications as a new category of family tablets. We were simply amazed at how Big Tab's larger format transformed our interactions with our children, family gatherings and made the tablet experience easier for seniors," <a href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/family-time-reinvented-fuhu-introduces-nabi-big-tab-hd-line-worlds-biggest-tablets-made-1939623.htm" target="_blank">said Jim Mitchell</a>, CEO. "We are hopeful, that everyone will fall in love with Big Tab like we have."</p> <p>Fair enough - we won't begrudge Fuhu's attempt to modernize family time, though consumers will be the ultimate judge if there can be a category such as this one. We're skeptical, considering the asking price -- $449 for the 20-inch model and $549 for the 24-inch version, both of which cost more than a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Wii U.</p> <p>The 20-inch version boasts a 1600x900 resolution and the 24-inch features a 1920x1080 display, both with 15-point capacitive touch support. Both also feature an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 16GB of onboard storage, and removable carrying frame.</p> <p>Fuhu's selling point (behind the big size displays) is the software. Lots of kid friendly games, entertainment, and educational apps come bundled with the Nabi devices.</p> <p>Both models will launch this fall.</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/fuhu_unveils_ginormous_20-inch_and_24-inch_nabi_big_tab_tablets_kids#comments android fuhi Hardware mobile nabi big tab slate tablet News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:42:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28378 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Gives BlackWidow Mechanical Keyboard a Counter Logic Gaming Facelift http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_gives_blackwidow_mechanical_keyboard_counter_logic_gaming_facelift_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_clg_blackwidow_angled.jpg" alt="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard Angled" title="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard Angled" width="228" height="135" style="float: right;" />A BlackWidow like you've never seen one before</h3> <p>Razer has once again teamed up with Counter Logic Gaming (CGL) to release a custom version of an existing Razer peripheral. You may recall that late last year, Razer launched a limited edition CLG version of its DeathAdder mouse in the team's iconic black and white colors. This time, <strong>Razer and CGL took the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard and gave it a makeover</strong> to match.</p> <p>The new Counter Logic Gaming BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard sports a similar finish with the team's logo imprinted onto a two-tone black and white body, while the keys are individually illuminated in CLG's white coloring. As before, the keyboard utilizes Razer mechanical switches that were built from the ground up for gaming.</p> <p><a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/all-new-counter-logic-gaming-razer-blackwidow-keyboard-released" target="_blank">According to Razer</a>, its team of engineers identified the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter and reduced the distance between the actuation point and resent point by almost half to allow for faster, more precise gaming commands compared to standard mechanical switches.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/razer_clg_blackwidow.jpg" alt="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard" title="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard" width="620" height="275" /></p> <p>There are five dedicated macro keys that are fully programmable with on-the-fly macro recording, a gaming mode option, 10-key roll-over anti-ghosting, USB pass-through, 1000Hz Ultrapolling, and support for Razer Synapse.</p> <p>The new plank is available now for $150 MSRP.</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/razer_gives_blackwidow_mechanical_keyboard_counter_logic_gaming_facelift_2014#comments blackwidow clg counter logic gaming Hardware keyboard mechanical Peripherals razer News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:37:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28376 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Commander Mini Gives You Control of Your PC's Cooling and Bling http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_commander_mini_gives_you_control_your_pcs_cooling_and_bling_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_commander_mini.jpg" alt="Corsair Commander Mini" title="Corsair Commander Mini" width="228" height="114" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Always keep your cool</h3> <p>Heat is the bane of any PC enthusiast and we all go to great lengths to ensure our systems don't cook themselves. Need a little assistance keeping those temps in check? Corsair thinks it can help with its new <strong>Corsair Commander Mini control unit. It's a compact device that mounts inside your P</strong>C, is powered by a SATA connector, and comes with a cable to connect to a USB 2.0 header.</p> <p>Once installed, you can download the free Corsair Link Dashboard software and start captaining your cooling and case lighting scheme. The Commander Mini sports four Corsair Link Digital ports, six fan control connectors, four temperature probe inputs, and a port for connecting Corsair Link LED lighting strips.</p> <p>An advantage of this type of setup is you don't need to play around in the BIOS, which offers limited options compared to the Commander Mini. Everything is configurable from the desktop using the Corsair Link Dashboard software. In addition, you can glance vitals such as coolant temperature, ambient temperatures (at multiple points), and the speed of case fans and fans built into compatible components.</p> <p>The Commander Mini is available now <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/landing/commander-mini" target="_blank">direct from Corsair</a> for $60 MSRP.</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/corsair_commander_mini_gives_you_control_your_pcs_cooling_and_bling_2014#comments commander mini cooling corsair Hardware led lighting Peripherals News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:00:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28375 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Stream 14 Laptop Runs Windows 8.1 and Costs $200 - What Now, Chromebooks? http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_stream_14.jpg" alt="HP Stream 14" title="HP Stream 14" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?</h3> <p>Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the <strong>HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag</strong>.</p> <p>German-language website <a href="http://www.mobilegeeks.de/hp-stream-199-dollar-notebook-kommt-mit-14-inch-display-amd-plattform-100-gb-onedrive-alle-details/" target="_blank"><em>Mobile Geeks</em> </a>got its hands on press photos and official HP documents outlining the Stream 14. Based on the spec sheet, this low cost laptop sports AMD hardware inside -- specifically, an AMD A4 Micro-6400T quad-core processor with integrated Radeon R3 graphics powering the 14-inch display's 1366x768 resolution. It also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, webcam, full-size keyboard, and a 45W battery.</p> <p>Documents also reveal that Microsoft will include 100GB of cloud-based OneDrive storage for two years with the 3.9-pound laptop, just as Google offers 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook. That certainly levels the playing field and steals significant thunder away from Google's Chromebook push.</p> <p>No word yet on when the HP Stream 14 will launch, though given all the data available, we suspect it will be soon, especially if Microsoft and HP want to take advantage of the back-to-school shopping season.</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/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs stream 14 windows 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:33:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28374 at http://www.maximumpc.com