Motorola has a holiday surprise for the mobile crowd. The company announced that its unlocked and affordable Moto G smartphone is now available to purchase in GSM form from Motorola's website with no contract, no SIM lock, and an unlocked bootloader for $179 with 8GB of storage or $199 with 16GB of storage. Those are full retail prices - you own the device outright for less than the subsidized cost of most high-end smartphones.
Tablets will make up half of the overall PC market next year
Desktops aren't going anywhere, but neither are tablets, the latter of which are forecast to out-ship all other PC form factors combined to account for nearly half of the client PC market, according to Canalys. Tablet PC shipments grew 40 percent in the third quarter of 2013, which helped the overall PC market grow 18 percent even though traditional desktop and notebook shipments declined. Amid all this growth is a window of opportunity to monetize the frenzy, just like Intel did when netbooks were all the craze.
Powercolor today announced that it's given its first R9 Series graphics card the PCS+ treatment, which consists of using in-house materials and a custom cooling design for added performance and stability. The lucky candidate is the Powercolor PCS+ R9 270X. It has 2GB of GDDR5 memory just like the reference design, though Powercolor goosed the GPU to 1060MHz base and up to 1100MHz boost.
The Xbox One broke all sorts of Xbox first-day sales records when it launched last Friday with over 1 million units sold across the 13 territories it launched in. It isn’t the Red Ring of Death, but Microsoft has acknowledged that it’s aware that a small subset of users is affected by broken disk drives.
Are you an EVGA fan? Do you love the Catzilla benchmark? If so, get ready to have your mind explode, because EVGA has teamed up with ALLBenchmark, makers of the popular Catzilla benchmark, to release an official EVGA version. Pretty wicked, right? Just as with the regular Catzilla benchmark, you can download the EVGA Catzilla benchmark free, though testing is limited to 720p (HD).
There's not much fanfare surrounding the launch of Lenovo's new Flex 10 laptop with Intel's Bay Trail architecture inside. Perhaps that's because the Flex line itself isn't new, though the 10-inch model hasn't been released before. The Flex 10 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with a 1366x768 (HD) resolution. What's unique about the Flex 10 is that the screen flips 300 degrees into stand mode so that you can tap away at the display.
Want to help other gamers make informed purchasing decisions? Valve is giving you an expanded voice on Steam to leave reviews, good or bad, of any game you've played. Simply called Steam Reviews, the beta launch of this new initiative is an evolution of the Recommendation system that has been a part of Steam since 2010. If you're written Recommendations before, you can make them visible as Reviews by changing the appropriate setting in your user profile.
Moving to 64-bit could introduce big performance gains in some apps
Intel has a lot of catching up to do in the mobile space. The big dog on campus in mobile is ARM, which powers many of the smartphones and tablets currently available. One thing Intel is looking at to change the tide is 64-bit computing in mobile, which it demonstrated during an investor meeting. The demonstration consisted of an Android tablet with a 64-bit Atom processor inside based on Silvermont.
Microsoft has a bug in its shorts over Google's dominance in the search space and figured the way to stomp it out is by attacking its rival in a snarky campaign called "Scroogled." The Redmond software giant is going all out here by not only dedicating a website to calling Google out for various privacy shenanigans, but also selling a line of Scroogled products, including coffee mugs, hoodies, hats, and t-shirts.
Not a caching or hybrid drive, but a separate SSD and HDD
Today WD is unveiling a slick 2.5" hard drive it calls the Black Squared Dual Drive. Unlike previous 2.5" drives which featured either a spinning hard drive or an SSD, or the two combined in a caching setup, this model features two separate volumes that coexist peacefully in one chassis. It's designed to be a high-performance drive for those with single-bay devices, such as a notebook, SFF rig, or AIO. If you fall into this category, and can squeeze your OS onto a 120GB volume, Christmas has indeed come early.