News en Nvidia Shield Tablet Review <!--paging_filter--><h3>The best gaming tablet in town</h3> <p>Despite its problems, we actually liked <a title="Nvidia Shield review" href="" target="_blank">Nvidia’s original Shield Android gaming handheld</a>. Our biggest issue with it was that it was bulky and heavy. With rumors swirling around about a Shield 2, we were hoping to see a slimmer, lighter design. So consider us initially disappointed when we learned that the next iteration of Shield would just be yet another Android tablet. Yawn, right? The fact of the matter is that the Shield Tablet may be playing in an oversaturated market, but it’s still great at what it sets out to be.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_shield_controller_war_thunder.jpg" alt="Shield Tablet review" title="Shield Tablet review" width="620" height="343" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The new wireless controller uses Wi-Fi Direct instead of Bluetooth for lower latency.</strong></p> <p>At eight inches, the Shield Tablet features a gorgeous 1,900x1,200 display, which shares the same resolution as Google’s flagship <a title="nexus 7 review" href="" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> tablet. At 13.1 ounces, the Shield Tablet is about three ounces heavier than the Nexus 7 but still a lot lighter than the original’s 1 lb. 4.7 ounces.&nbsp;</p> <p>Part of the weight increase with the Shield Tablet over the Nexus 7 is due to the extra inch that you’re getting from the screen, but also because the Shield Tablet is passively cooled and has an extra thermal shield built inside to dissipate heat. It’s a little heavier than we like, but isn’t likely to cause any wrist problems. On the back of the Shield is an anti-slip surface and a 5MP camera, and on the front of the tablet we have a front-facing 5MP camera and two front-facing speakers. While the speakers are not going to blow away dedicated Bluetooth speakers, they sound excellent for a tablet. In addition to the speakers, the Shield Tablet has a 3.5mm headphone jack up at the top. Other ports include Micro USB, Mini HDMI out, and a MicroSD card slot capable of taking up to 128GB cards. Buttons on the Shield include a volume rocker and a power button which we found to be a little small and shallow for our liking.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_exploded_view_black_bckgr.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet guts" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet guts" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The guts of the Nvidia Shield Tablet</strong></p> <p>All of this is running on the latest version of Android KitKat version 4.4. Nvidia says that it will update the tablet to Android L within a few weeks of Google’s official release. If Nvidia’s original Shield is any indication of how well the company keeps up with OS updates, you should be able to expect to get the latest version of Android but after a couple of weeks if not a months after release. Regardless, the Shield Tablet is running a pretty stock version of Android to begin with the main difference being that Nvidia has pre-loaded the tablet with its Shield Hub, which is a 10-foot UI for you to purchase, download, and launch your games.</p> <p>Arguably the real star of the tablet is Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 mobile superchip. The 2.2GHz quad-core A15 SOC features Nvidia’s Kepler GPU architecture and 192 CUDA cores along with 2GB of low power DDR3. K1 supports many of the graphical features commonplace in GeForce graphics card including tesselation, HDR lighting, Global illumination, subsurface scattering, and more.</p> <p>In our performance benchmarks, the K1 killed it. Up until now, the original Shield’s actively-cooled Tegra 4 is arguably one of the most if not the most powerful Android SOC on the market, but the K1 slaughters it across the board. In Antutu and GeekBench benchmark, we saw modest gains of 12 percent to 23 percent in Shield vs. Shield Tablet action. But in Passmark and GFX Bench’s Trex test, we saw nearly a 50 percent spread, and in 3DMark’s mobile Icestorm Unlimited test, we saw an astounding 90 percent advantage for the Shield Tablet. This is incredible when you consider that the tablet has no fans and a two-watt TDP. Compared to the second-gen Nexus 7 , the Shield Tablet benchmarks anywhere from 77 percent to 250 percent faster. This SOC is smoking fast.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, Nvidia is claiming you’ll get 10 hours watching/surfing the web and about five hours from gaming with its 19.75 Wh battery. This is up 3.75 Wh up from Google’s Nexus 7 equivalent and from our experiential tests, we found those figures to be fairly accurate if not a best case scenario. It will pretty much last you all day, but you'll still want to let it sip juice every night.</p> <p>Of course if you’re going to game with it, you’re going to need Nvidia’s new wireless Shield Controller. Sold separately for $60, the 11.2-ounce Shield Controller maintains the same button layout as the original Shield controller, but feels a lot like a lighter and more comfortable to hold. While most Android game controllers operate over Bluetooth, Nvidia opted to go with Wi-Fi Direct stating that it offers 2x faster response time and more bandwidth. The extra bandwidth allows you to plug in a 3.5mm headphone into the controller and also allows you to link up to four controllers to the device, which is an appreciated feature when you hook up the tablet to your HDTV via the Shield Tablet’s <a title="shield console mode" href="" target="_blank">Console Mode</a>. Other unique features of the controller include capacitive touch buttons for Android’s home, back, and play buttons. There’s also a big green Nvidia button that launches Shield Hub. The controller also has a small triangle shaped clickable touch pad which allows you to navigate your tablet from afar. A quibble we had with it is that we wish the trackpad was more square, to at least mimic the dimensions of the tablet as the triangle shape was a little awkward to interface with. Another problem that we initially had with the controller was that the + volume button stopped working after a while. We contacted Nvidia about this and the company sent us a new unit which did remedy the issue, however. One noticeable missing feature from the controller is rumble support. Nvidia said this was omitted on the original Shield to keep the weight down, however its omission is a little more glaring this time around since there is no screen attached to the device.</p> <p>The controller isn’t the only accessory that you’ll need to purchase separately if you want to tap into the full Shield Tablet experience, however. To effectively game with the tablet, you’ll need the Shield Tablet cover which also acts as a stand. Like most tablets, a magnet in the cover shuts off the Shield Tablet when closed but setting up the cover and getting it to standup is initially pretty confusing. The cover currently only comes in black and while we’re generally not big on marketing aesthetics, it would be nice to have an Nvidia green option to give the whole look a little more pop. We actually think the cover should just be thrown in too, especially considering that the cheapest 16GB model costs $300. On the upside though, you do get Nvidia’s new passive DirectStylus 2 that stows away nicely in the body of the Shield Tablet. Nvidia has pre-installed note writing software and its own Nvidia Dabbler painting program. The nice thing about Dabbler is that it leverages K1’s GPU acceleration so that you can virtually paint and blend colors in real time. There’s also a realistic mode where the “paint” slowly drips down the virtual canvas like it would in real life.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_shield_controller_trine2_0.jpg" alt="Shield tablet review" title="Shield tablet review" width="620" height="404" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Shield Controller is a lot lighter and less blocky than the original Shield Portable.</strong></p> <p>But that’s probably not why you’re interested in the Shield Tablet. This device first and foremost is a gaming tablet and even comes with a free Android copy of Trine 2. Trine 2 was originally a PC game and it’s made a great transition to the Shield Tablet. While the game was never known to be a polygon pusher, it looks just as good as it ever did on its x86 debut.&nbsp;</p> <p>With gaming as the primary driver for Shield Tablet customers you may wonder why Nvidia didn’t bundle its new controller. The company likely learned from Microsoft’s mistake with Kinect and the Xbox One: Gamers don’t like to spend money and getting the price as low as was likely on Nvidia’s mind. Of course, not everyone may even want a controller with the general lack of support for it in games. Nvidia says there are now around 400 Android titles that support its controller, but that’s only a small percentage of Android games and the straight truth is that the overwhelming majority of these games are garbage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nvidia is making a push for Android gaming, however. The company worked with Valve to port over Half Life 2 and Portal to the Shield and they look surprisingly fantastic and are easily the two prettiest games on Android at the moment. Whether Android will ever become a legitimate platform for hardcore gaming is as good as anyone’s guess, but at least the Shield Tablet will net you a great front seat if the time ever arises.</p> <p>Luckily you won’t have to rely solely on the Google Play store to get your gaming fix. Emulators run just as well here as they did on the original Shield and this iteration of Shield is also compatible with Gamestream, which is Nvidia’s streaming technology that allows you to stream games from your PC to your Shield. Gamestream, in theory, lets you play your controller-enabled PC games on a Shield. &nbsp;</p> <p>At this point, Nvidia says Gamestream supports more than 100 games such as Batman: Arkham Origins and Titanfall from EA’s Origin and Valve’s Steam service. The problem though is there are hundreds more games on Steam and Origin that support controllers but not the Shield Tablet’s controller. For example, Final Fantasy VII, a game which we couldn’t get working with the original Shield still isn't supported even though it works with an Xbox controller on the PC. When Gamestream does work, however, it’s relatively lag-free and kind of wonderful. The one caveat here is that you’ll have to get a 5GHz dual-band router to effectively get it working.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Nvidia Shield Video Demo</strong></p> <p>Would we buy the Shield Tablet if we owned the original Shield (now renamed the Shield Portable)? Probably not. If we were looking for a new tablet and top notch gaming performance was on the check list, the Shield Tablet is easily the top contender today. We’d take it over the second-gen Nexus 7 in a heart beat. While we understand why Nvidia decided to separate the cover and controller to keep the prices down and avoid the Kinect factor, we think a bundled package with a small price break as an alternative would have been nice. All things considered though, consider us surprised. The Shield Tablet is pretty dang cool.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>$300</strong></p> android Google Hardware KitKat maximum pc nvidia portable Review shield tablet wireless controller News Reviews Tablets Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:36:57 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28263 at Nvidia GeForce 340.52 WHQL Sit Just a Few Clicks Away <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_1.jpg" alt="GeForce" title="GeForce" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />Latest GeForce drivers add a bunch of SLI profiles</h3> <p>Attention GeForce graphics card owners -- <strong>you can now download new GeForce 340.52 WHQL drivers</strong> from Nvidia's website, or update automatically through GeForce Experience. Either way, new drivers are available, and with them, you can take advantage of GameStream technology to stream PC games to the new Shield tablet, which launches today to e-tailers and retailers, Nvidia says.</p> <p>That's really the big reason for the new drivers, though if you're running multiple GPUs in SLI, you'll potentially benefit from a number of SLI profiles that have been added. Specific to the 340.52 release are profiles for Battlefield: Hardline, Dark Souls II, 3DMark SkyDriver Subtest, Divinity: Original Sin, Elder Scrolls Online, GRID Autosport, LuDaShi Benchmark, and WildStar.</p> <p>There are also some new 3D Vision profiles for stereoscopic 3D gamers. They include Banished, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea, and Krater.</p> <p>You can out more in the <a href="" target="_blank">Release Notes (PDF)</a> and can download the new drivers <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> Drivers Gaming geforce 340.52 nvidia Software News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:01:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28262 at Microsoft's Sharks Cove Mini PC Now Available to Pre-Order <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sharks_cove.jpg" alt="Sharks Cove" title="Sharks Cove" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Sharks Cove is ready swim in mini PC waters</h3> <p>Watch out Raspberry Pi, you're now swimming in Shark infested waters, or at least you soon will be. For those interested, <strong>Microsoft's Sharks Cove development board is now available to pre-order</strong>. A U.K. vendor has it listed for £192.99, or just a little shy of $330 in U.S. dollars. That's quite a bit more expensive than Raspberry Pi, though it's also more fully featured, hence the higher price tag.</p> <p>Sharks Cove sports a x86-based Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor clocked at 1.33GHz (1.83GHz Burst) with 2MB of L2 cache, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC flash storage, HDMI connector, and a memory card reader. The actual board measures just 6 inches by 4 inches.</p> <p>Microsoft's banking on the added horsepower being incentive to spend a premium on Sharks Cove versus a much less expensive Raspberry Pi. It also comes with a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply to Sharks Cove. According to Microsoft, Sharks Cove is ultimately intended to facilitate development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets, and similar System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms.</p> <p>"When you additionally consider that the Windows Driver Kit 8.1 can pair with Visual Studio Express and are both free with a valid MSDN account, the initial outlay for Windows driver developers is a lot less cost prohibitive than it once was," <a href="" target="_blank">Microsoft says</a>.</p> <p>Microsoft said it plans to post articles related to Sharks Cove in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you can check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, a site dedicated to the development board. And if you want to pre-order one, just head over to the <a href="" target="_blank">Mouse Electronics</a> website.</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> Hardware mini pc pre-order sharks cove News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:12:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28261 at Acer Owns the U.S. Retail Monitor Market <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_monitor_3.jpg" alt="Acer Monitor" title="Acer Monitor" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Nearly half of all touchscreen monitors shipped last year donned an Acer label</h3> <p>Time and again, we see examples of where lower priced gadgets rule the day. We saw it when Amazon stormed the Android tablet market with its smaller size, lower cost Kindle Fire (compared to what was available at the time), and we're seeing it again in the monitor market. According to the latest data from NPD Group, <strong>Acer is selling more monitors in the U.S. than any other player</strong>.</p> <p>Acer's share of the overall monitor market during the first half of this year has bounced between 18 percent to 20 percent, which qualifies the company for pole position. In the touchscreen monitor segment, Acer slammed the competition by remaining the top maker for the entire year (from July 2013 to June 2014), reaching a high in market share of 46.4 percent in May.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if Acer can hold onto its lead once 4K monitors grow up a little bit and become more affordable. The company's off to a good start, having <a href="" target="_blank">announced back in May</a> the first 4K monitor to support Nvidia's G-Sync technology, the XB280HK.</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> Acer display Hardware monitor NPD Group News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:45:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28260 at Intel Lifts the Lid Off Upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Processor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/delidded_haswell-e.jpg" alt="Delidded Haswell-E" title="Delidded Haswell-E" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Intel soldered the CPU die to the integrated heat spreader</h3> <p><strong>A picture making the rounds on the web shows what Intel's upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E processor will look like</strong> if you have the nerve to pry off the integrated heat spreader (IHS). If you look close, you can see that beneath the adhesive layer that secures the IHS to the package is soldering from where Intel soldered the CPU die to the IHS with a strong epoxy. If you're an overclocker or otherwise concerned with temps, this a good sight to see.</p> <p>Soldering the CPU die to the IHS offers better heat conductivity than filling the gap with thermal interface material (TIM), the latter of which is the route Intel took with its Core i7 3770K, 4770K,a nd 4790K processors, according to the folks at <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>.</p> <p>While not game changing by any means, this is simply another reason to look forward to Haswell-E. Expected to launch this September, Haswell-E will coincide with Intel's X99 Express chipset and offer support DDR4 memory support.</p> <p>As for the stripped down Core i7 5960X on display, earlier rumors suggest it will rock 8 cores, 16 threads, a 3GHz to 3.3GHz (Turbo Boost) clockspeed, 20MB of L3 cache, and a 140W TDP.</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 core i7 5960x cpu Hardware haswell-e intel overclocking processor News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:21:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28259 at Thermaltake Launches High End Water 3.0 Ultimate All-in-One Liquid Cooling System <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/thermaltake_water_3.jpg" alt="Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate" title="Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />All-in-one kit with a 360mm radiator</h3> <p><strong>Thermaltake this week added a new self-contained liquid cooling kit to its lineup, the Water 3.0 Ultimate</strong>. It sports a large 360mm radiator with three "Triple Curve" 120 PWM fans that spin at 1,000 RPM to 2,000 RPM. If that's not enough for your overclocking efforts, Thermaltake says the large radiator supports three additional fans, bringing the potential total to half a dozen 120mm fans.</p> <p>This is Thermaltake's flagship all-in-one LCS, which stands above the Water 3.0 Extreme, Performance, and Pro kits. To give an example of its performance, Thermaltake compared the temps of its Ultimate kit versus Intel's stock cooler for a Core i7 975 running at 4GHz and 100 percent load. Intel's cooler maintained 94C, while the Ultimate held steady at 69C in Thermaltake's own tests.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Thermaltake only provides a <a href="" target="_blank">few specifics</a> about the kit -- the water block consists of a copper base plate, while the rubber tubing going to and from it measures 326mm. The pump's motor speed is 3600 RPM, give or take 150 RPM.</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="" target="_blank">Water 3.0 Ultimate</a> will be available or for how much.</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> Hardware liquid cooling Peripherals thermaltake water 3.0 News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:05:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28258 at Latest Update Lets Raptr Users Record and Stream Games <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/raptr_logo.jpg" alt="Raptr Logo" title="Raptr Logo" width="200" height="201" style="float: right;" />Record gameplay and your own reactions simultaneously</h3> <p>Last month AMD introduced the <a title="MPC Game DVR" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Game DVR beta</span></a> to its <a title="Raptr website" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Raptr</span></a> service. Today, a new update has been released so <strong>Raptr users can record or stream gameplay videos now</strong>. The update also adds a solution that facilitates seamless uploading and sharing of videos.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new video capture solution is called the Game Video Recorder and provides users with the ability to stream or record gameplay videos. Instead of recording just 10 minutes of footage, like the Game DVR beta, GVR will let users record 20 minutes of gameplay even after events have transpired. Users will also be able to automatically upload and share recorded gameplay with an online destination that is shared amongst the Raptr community.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both AMD and Nvidia GPU users will be able to take advantage of the service that, according to Raptr, will have virtually no affect on system performance.</p> <p>“Watching recorded and live-streamed PC gameplay footage has quietly become a massive trend involving tens of millions of viewers and billions of hours spent watching,” said Raptr co-founder and CEO Dennis Fong. “But to date, only a modest fraction of gamers actually record and stream some of their gaming exploits, because the tools haven’t been easy, accessible or resource-efficient enough. We’re excited to be improving the process and experience in all of those areas, and at the same time offering nearly universal support for all the latest GPUs regardless of manufacturer. This marks another big step forward in our ongoing effort to help make PC gaming consistently awesome.”</p> <p>Raptr is claiming that both GVR and live-streaming features are supported by over 5,000 games. A significant amount compared to the 169 titles, according to Raptr, that Nvidia’s GeForce Experience supports. In addition, users will also have the option to include their own real-time reactions in the recording sessions through the use of a webcam and microphone to create a picture-in-picture effect.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> amd Game Video Recorder GVR Raptr Raptr Game Video Recorder Raptr GVR video game streaming Gaming News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:08:34 +0000 Sean D Knight 28256 at TteSports Introduces 'Challenger Go' Membrane Gaming Keyboard with 40 Programmable Macros <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/challenger_go.jpg" alt="TteSports Challenger Go" title="TteSports Challenger Go" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />A gaming plank with purposely chosen membrane key switches</h3> <p>Most high end gaming keyboards these days feature mechanical key switches, of which there are a variety of types to suit different typing styles and preferences. However, <strong>TteSports said it specifically wanted to stick with membrane key switches for its new Challenger Go</strong>, which is the company's latest keyboard for gamers. According to TteSports, the membrane switches offer a "very short travel distance to actuation on each key" for an extremely fast response.</p> <p>The Challenger Go is outfitted with 10 dedicated macro keys, 5 on each side, along with 4 profiles for a total of 40 programmable macros. It also features LED backlighting and two side panel lighting accents, all of which are adjustable with 5 brightness levels and a pulse lighting effect, <a href="" target="_blank">TteSports says</a>.</p> <p>A removable cable and two-port USB hub round out the list of features. If it all adds up to something you might be interested in, set aside $60 (MSRP) and hang tight until next month when TteSports rolls the <a href=";g=ftr#.U9aBp_ldV8E" target="_blank">Challenger Go</a> out globally.</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> challenger go Gaming Hardware keyboard Peripherals ttesports News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:15:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28254 at Windows Phone 8.1 Update to Add Support for Folders <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lumia_635.jpg" alt="Lumia 635" title="Lumia 635" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />First update to Windows Phone 8.1 is coming soon</h3> <p>The cat is out of the bag -- <strong>Microsoft will soon release its first update for Windows Phone 8.1</strong>, and with it will come support for folders, the company revealed in a post intended for developers. As you can already do on the latest versions of Android and iOS, you'll soon be able to drag Tiles on top of each other on your Windows Phone handset to create a folder for organizing your applications.</p> <p>In addition to supporting folders, the update will introduce Voice over LTE (VoLTE) functionality (make phone calls over a 4G LTE connection), support for 1280x800 displays and 7-inch screens (perhaps indicative of upcoming Windows Phone phablets), and a phonebook entry for Cortana.</p> <p>One of the more interesting features in the upcoming update is support for interactive case accessories. This will allow case makers to build cases that can wake up the phone when they're opened and put them back to sleep when closed, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Verge </em>reports</a>. In addition, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Inquirer</em> surmises</a> that Microsoft might be working on a cover similar to HTC's Dot View Case, which allows users to view notifications through the case.</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> microsoft mobile operating system OS smartphone Software windows phone 8.1 News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:54:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28253 at Breaking Down Intel's Three Broadwell Processor Lines for Mobile <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_5.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Three families of 14nm Broadwell parts are headed for mobile devices</h3> <p>See that over there? <strong>It's Intel's 5th Generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Broadwell, coming around the bend</strong>. There will be will three different variants for mobile, including the Y Series, U Series, and H Series, all of which will be built on a 14nm manufacturing process. You can expect the parts to start appearing in the fourth quarter of 2014, but do you know the difference between each line?</p> <p>The folks at <em>Fudzilla</em> <a href="" target="_blank">posted a nice piece</a> detailing the differences in the three different Broadwell lines for mobile. Based on that and other info around the web, initial Broadwell for mobile parts will consist of the Core M 5Y70, 5Y10, and 5Y10a, all of which are BGA parts. Both the Core M 5Y70 and 5Y70a are dual-core parts clocked at 800MHz to 2GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, integrated GPU clocked at 100MHz to 800MHz, and a 4.5W TDP, though the 5Y70 is configurable to also run at 4W. As for the 5Y70, it's a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading support that runs at 1.1GHz to 2.6GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, 100MHz to 850MHz GPU, and 4.5W TDP.</p> <p>Next up is the U Series that will also come in BGA form and TDPs ranging from 15W to 28W -- not too shabby considering that they have integrated graphics as well. These will be dual-core parts designed for Ultrabooks and NUC configurations with support for up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory or 8GB of LPDDR3-1600.</p> <p>Finally, the H Series will also ship in BGA form with a 47W TDP. These will be the chips that end up in high-end systems.</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> 14nm broadwell cpu Hardware intel mobile prcessor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28252 at Amazon Opens '3D Printed Products' Store, Order a Custom Bobblehead and More <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bobblehead.jpg" alt="3D Printed Bobblehead" title="3D Printed Bobblehead" width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" />Create your own 3D printed earrings</h3> <p>Do you find the idea of buying a 3D printer to be cost prohibitive? Perhaps next year there will be several affordable models to choose from, but in the meantime, you can still own 3D printed goods without the hefty initial investment. <strong>Amazon today announced the launch of its 3D Printed Products store</strong> where you can order over 200 unique print-on-demand items that you can customize to your liking.</p> <p>Many of the items available to print and purchase can be customized by material, size, styles, and color variations. Some will even let you personalize a text and/or image imprint. According to Amazon, it's the largest online place to sift through 3D printed products with search tools, interactive 3D preview functionality, and a personalization widget.</p> <p>"The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail - that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own," <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1951812" target="_blank">said Petra Schindler-Carter</a>, Director for Amazon Marketplace Sales. “The 3D Printed Products store allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories."</p> <p>There are a wealth of products to browse and customize -- jewelry, cell phone cases, toys, and lots more. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to check it out.</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> 3d printed products 3d printer amazon e-commerce News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:46:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28251 at First AMD Mullins-powered Laptop Now Available, Costs $250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HP Pavilion 10z" title="HP Pavilion 10z" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>HP Pavilion 10z runs Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>Things have been almost sepulchrally quiet ever since AMD officially launched its new Mullins APU nearly three months ago, with no sign of actual devices. Well, the wait is now over as a <strong>Mullins-powered device from a top vendor has finally hit the market.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">HP Pavilion 10z</a> is a no-frills 10-inch netbook that comes pre-loaded with Windows 8.1with Bing (64-bit) and sports a 1,366x768 touchscreen. Some of the other specs include: AMD dual-core E1 Micro-6200T APU with AMD Radeon R2 graphics, 2GB DDR3L memory, 540GB hard drive (5,400 rpm), VGA webcam, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port,&nbsp; RJ-45, headphone/microphone combo and an SD card reader.</p> <p>But in what is truly a big letdown, it’s tiny 3-cell, 24WHr battery can only keep the 10z powered on for up to four hours on a single charge.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> amd apu Mullins netbook windows 8.1 with bing News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:50:19 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28249 at Effort to Transition Chrome to BoringSSL Underway <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Chrome" title="Chrome" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL</h3> <p>An effort is currently underway to switch Google Chrome over to <strong>BoringSSL, an OpenSSL fork the search engine giant announced last month</strong>. Weaning the world’s most popular browser off of the two cryptographic software libraries it currently uses (OpenSSL on Android and Mozilla NSS on all other platforms) is proving somewhat difficult at this early stage, though.</p> <p>There have been a number of issues ever since developers first began adding <a href="" target="_blank">BoringSSL</a> code to Chromium earlier this month. Just take a look at this recent <a href="" target="_blank">revision note by Google engineer David Benjamin</a>: “This is a reland of r284079 which was reverted in r284248 for components build issues. That, in turn, was a reland of r283813 which was reverted in r283845 because it broke WebRTC tests on Android. That, in turn, was a reland of r283542 which was reverted in r283591 because it broke the WebView build.”</p> <p>“This [the switch to BoringSSL] is a much larger change than its diff suggests.” Benjamin wrote further. “If it breaks something, please revert first and ask questions later.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android boringssl chrome chromium cryptographic software library heartbleed libressl mozilla nss openssl Security News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:33:49 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28248 at Russia Offering $111,000 for Tor De-anonymization Know-how <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="TOR " title="TOR " width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Country came close to outlawing anonymizing software last year</h3> <p>The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) recently <strong>floated a tender inviting bids for help with “obtaining technical information” about users of Tor</strong>, the increasingly popular anonymizing network. Bidding ends on August 13, 2014 and the ministry hopes to announce the winner of the 3.9 million ruble contract ($111,000) a week later on August 20.</p> <p>The MVD is but the latest government entity around the world to have shown such keen interest in denying users of this global network of over 5,000 volunteer hosted relay servers the anonymity they currently enjoy. Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest that the National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have at times <a href="" target="_blank">been able to target Tor with some degree of success</a>, although it’s believed that they mostly rely on indirect methods of attack, having failed to compromise the Tor network itself.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">tender notice</a>, which was posted on the government’s official procurement portal on July 11, makes it clear that only citizens of the mighty Russian Federation are eligible for the contract. </p> <p>Interestingly, the FSB, Russia’s premier intelligence agency, tried convincing the country’s lawmakers to outlaw anonymizing software like Tor but eventually nothing came of the effort.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> bounty de-anonymization online anonymity relay network russia Security the onion router tor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:12:54 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28247 at Western Digital My Book Duo 2-Bay DAS Now Available in 12TB Flavor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Western Digital My Book Duo 12TB" title="Western Digital My Book Duo 12TB" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>An external RAID storage solution with two WD Red 6TB NAS drives</h3> <p>A few days back, Western Digital quietly began offering a <strong>12TB variant of the My Book Duo two-drive RAID external storage solution</strong> it <a href="" target="_blank">launched back in June</a>. In terms of capacity, this <a href="" target="_blank">latest SKU</a> is fifty percent bigger than the previous highest-capacity My Book Duo configuration.</p> <p>Needless to say, it’s also the costliest of the lot. The 12TB variant, which ships with two 6TB WD Red NAS drives pre-configured in RAID 0 (RAID 1 and JBOD also supported), will set you back by as much as $649.99. Here’s a neat summary of the user-serviceable My Book Duo’s key features and specs:</p> <ul> <li>Interface: USB 3.0 (x3)</li> <li>Drives on board: WD Red hard drives</li> <li>Available capacities: 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB</li> <li>Data management: RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD; independent CPU for RAID volume management</li> <li>Security: Hardware RAID, Hardware Encryption, Password Protection</li> <li>Compatibility:&nbsp; NTFS (default) + Reformat to HFS + J for Mac</li> <li>Software: WD SmartWare Pro, Dropbox™ cloud integration, Acronis True Image Software WD Edition, WD Security, WD Drive Utilities</li> <li>Limited Warranty: 2-Year regional warranty</li> </ul> <p>The My Book Duo is also available in 8TB, 6TB and 4TB flavors, which are priced $449.99, $349.99 and $279.99, respectively.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> Das direct attached storage my book duo nas network attached storage RAID USB 3.0 Western Digital News Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:43:47 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28245 at