Spectre x360 is now available from the company’s website
For a number of years, members of the PC master race looked to the Macbook Air with envy, even though most of us knew deep down that we just weren’t meant to be and there could be no platonic bond between the two of us. Wintel and their PC-making chums obviously took note of this lust at some point and what was initially a trickle of pretenders (remember all those “Air killers”?) soon became a cascade of contenders. Adding to that deluge of ultrabooks and ultra-thin convertibles, Hewlett-Packard has announced the Spectre x360, a 13.3-inch Broadwell-powered device designed in collaboration with Microsoft.
Yesterday, actor Leonard Nimoy passed away at his home at the age of 83. Nimoy was known for his iconic role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series, and subsequent movies, though he was also a director, author, producer, and singer among other things. As a tribute to the actor and his role in Star Trek, Cryptic Studios announced that it will create an in-game memorial for Spock and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek Online.
PC version was initially advertised to have offline co-op
If you were one of those PC gamers who purchased Resident Evil Revelations 2 for its advertised offline co-op, then you already know that the PC version has no such feature. Owners of the game soon discovered that the feature was missing despite it being advertised on the Steam store page. However, Capcom says that it is “currently looking into the matter” in regards to the lack of offline co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2.
The Game Developers Conference is taking place just around the corner between March 2-6 and we’ll be in San Francisco covering it. There will, of course, be a bunch of game discussions and demos as usual, but we wanted to approach it from a hardware/PC perspective. Having said that, this year is going to be an interesting show for hardware with Valve finally pushing the Steam Machines again along with its VR system. On that notion, expect Valve and VR to be the talks of the show. Seriously, guys, this is going to be the year of VR.
When it comes to watching videos on your PC, there are a number of media players out there that can get the job done. But one of the more popular software happens to be VLC Media Player. The open source video player is popular due to its ability to play all kinds of file formats and its versatility (check out our editorial about getting the most out of VLC). Today, VLC Media Player 2.2.0 was released and includes a selection of new feature, fixes, and mobile support.
Today is a sad day, as the universe just lost Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek. According to reports, he passed away at his home this morning as the result of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced last year that he was battling the disease, blaming it on years of smoking, which he had given up around three decades ago.
Pint sized PCs are a thing now. Not that they weren't before, but with increasingly faster and energy efficient hardware coming out of Santa Clara, little boxes like the NUC (Next Unit of Computing) are fast becoming viable candidates for primary PC duties. That's especially true of Intel's fastest NUC yet, the forthcoming NUC5i7RYH equipped with a 5th Generation Intel Core i7 5557U processor.
What a month it's been for Lenovo, the world's top supplier of PCs and generally a well liked company. The OEM put both of those traits at risk by pre-loading adware onto its consumer laptops and desktops, adware that was later discovered to be a serious security threat. We might never know for sure how savvy Lenovo was to the software's nefarious methods of serving up ads, but in the wake of it all, there have been apologies, explanations, a software tool to remove Superfish, a class action lawsuit, and now a promise -- Lenovo wants to be the leader of clean PCs.
Verizon plays you for a fool; hopes you won't dig too deep
Today was arguably a landmark event for the FCC and net neutrality. The FCC successfully passed a vote that classifies Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act, which makes ISPs become what's otherwise known as a "common carrier." If you want to read the actual rules from the FCC, check this out.