Market research firm predicts 10 percent market shrinkage
If industry analysts don't start saying nice things about PCs, we may start to develop a complex. We jest, of course -- this is Maximum PC, not Maximum Feelings -- and we're confident that PCs will be around for a long, long time, but what's unknown is when mainstream users will see the need to upgrade again. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), PC shipments continue to decline because consumers are getting by just fine with their older machines.
Dirty online cheaters can ruin your night when you only have a limited amount of time to game, but did you really need to punch your monitor in a fit of rage? In the worlds of Ron Burgundy, "Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast!" Oh well, what's done is done. Turning a negative into a positive is today's top deal for an Acer S275HL bmii Black 27-inch LED Monitor for $190 with free shipping (normally $400 - use coupon code: [BFLGJLMNQT75]). It has an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2 x HDMI and 1 x D-Sub connectivity, and built-in speakers when you're in a pinch for audio.
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Nvidia has bumped up its GeForce Experience to version 1.8 which finally lets users adjust the Optimal Playable Settings that were initially a one-click configuration. The update also includes quite a few ShadowPlay tweaks including multi-source audio recording and native resolution capture for aspect ratios up to 1920x1080.
Affected models were sold prior to October 1, 2013
EVGA today issued a notice to customers warning that some of its SuperNova power supplies may suffer from a manufacturing defect. Affected units are prone to shut down at any given time and/or may refuse to power on. According to EVGA, the issue only affects a "small batch" of 1300W and 1000W PSUs, including the SuperNova 1000 G2 (120-G2-1000-XR), SuperNova 1000 P2 (220-P2-1000-XR), and SuperNova 1300 G2 (120-G2-1300-XR).
It's fast becoming clear that monitor makers will be the ones pushing UltraHD 4K resolutions while there's still a dearth of content, and we're just fine with that (gaming on high-end graphics cards is our go-to application for these sexy panels). Enter Dell, the newest participant to throw its weight around in the 4K category. Dell's offering is its new UltraSharp 32 (UP3214Q), a 31.5-inch Ultra HD panel with a 3840x2160 resolution, which is four times that of Full HD 1080p.
Black Friday is now in the rear view mirror, which means we can look forward to a line up Cyber Monday deals. One word of note before we switch gears -- even though Black Friday is over with, many of the deals listed will last through the weekend. We'll do our best to cross out the ones we know have already expired, but if you see something that catches your eye, it doesn't hurt to click.
Amazon often discounts its popular Kindle Fire line of tablets, but rarely are the discounts as substantial as the ones the online retailer rolled out for Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Amazon sold out of however many Kindle Fire HD tablets it set aside to sell at $119 (normally sells for $169), though there's still inventory available of discounted Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablets, which are also marked down $50.
There wasn't a ton of movement in Windows market share last month, but what little there was, Microsoft has reason to be both encouraged and perplexed. Starting with the former, Microsoft can feel somewhat encouraged that Windows 8 continues to gain ground, at least if you factor in Windows 8.1. By itself, Windows 8 dropped from 7.53 percent in October to 6.66 percent in November, but once you throw Windows 8.1's 2.64 percent share into the mix, the tally comes to 9.3 percent.
Drones will deliver packages to Prime Air customers in 30 minutes or less
It's a little early for an April Fool's prank, so we can only assume that Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is dead serious about the use of delivery drones to buzz stuff to your doorstep within a half hour of placing your order. Bezos unveiled the plan last night on CBS network's "60 Minutes" saying that drone delivery would be available to Prime Air customers. However, Amazon has to clear a major hurdle first.
Google Voice Search available across all your compatible devices
Android users are well familiar with Google Voice Search, and with Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) on the horizon, Google is beefing up their familiar Google Voice Search capabilities by offering it on the Chrome Web Store.