News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/%252Fwww.scmagazineus.com/BLACK-HAT-Vista-ineffective-against-browser-attacks/article/article/news/article/news/ocz_ditching_dram_market_focus_ssds en 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 Nvidia Shield Tablet Review http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_review_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Updated: Now with video review!&nbsp;</h3> <p>Despite its problems, we actually liked <a title="Nvidia Shield review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_review_2013" 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><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dGigsxi9-K4" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>We've updated our review to include the video review above.</strong></p> <p>At eight inches, the Shield Tablet features a gorgeous 1900x1200 display, which shares the same resolution as Google’s flagship <a title="nexus 7 review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/google_nexus_7_review_2013" 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 is 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 (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 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 used to purchase, download, and launch 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 cards, 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 <em>the</em> 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 claims 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 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>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 lighter and is 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 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="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_sweetens_shield_console_android_442_kitkat_price_drop_199_through_april" 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. One quibble with it is that we wish the trackpad was more square, to at least mimic the dimensions of the tablet; 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 remedied the issue. One noticeable feature missing from the controller is rumble support. Nvidia said this was omitted on the original Shield to keep the weight down; its omission is a little more glaring this time around, however, since there's 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. 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 otherwise setting up the cover and getting it to act as a stand 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 gratis, 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 the 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 is first and foremost 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, 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 possible was likely on Nvidia’s mind. Of course, not everyone may even want a controller, with the general lack of support for them 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 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.</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 that 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 that we couldn’t get to work 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="//www.youtube.com/embed/rh7fWdQT2eE" 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 checklist, the Shield Tablet is easily the top contender today. We’d take it over the second-gen Nexus 7 in a heartbeat. 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> <p><em><strong>Update:</strong> The original article incorrectly labled the Shield Portable benchmarks with the Nexus 7 figures. The issue has been resolved and both benchmark charts are listed below.&nbsp;</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_review_2014#comments android Google Hardware KitKat maximum pc nvidia portable Review shield tablet wireless controller News Reviews Tablets Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:36:57 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28263 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rebooted King's Quest Adventure Game Won't Be a Point and Click http://www.maximumpc.com/rebooted_kings_quest_adventure_game_wont_be_point_and_click_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingsquest.jpg" alt="King's Quest" title="King's Quest" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />King's Quest is coming back in a different way</h3> <p>News broke last week at Gamescom that Activision is bringing back the Sierra brand, which it will use as a launching ground for different indie developed titles. One of the first will be a reimagined version of <em>King's Quest</em> developed by The Odd Gentlemen, a small game studio known for <em>The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom</em>. There aren't a lot of details to share just yet, but one thing we do know is that the <strong>reimagined King's Quest won't be a point-and-click game</strong>.</p> <p>"There's not much I can say about King's Quest," Activision's MacLean Marshall posted to Twitter. "All I can say is that I've seen it, and it's not a point-and-click game. But it looks awesome."</p> <p>The Odd Gentlemen later took to Twitter to clarify that even though it won't be a point-and-click title like the original, "the game is very much an adventure game. It doesn't only use the mouse."</p> <p>Marshall had a lot more to say to <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/08/16/sierra-s-new-king-s-quest-won-t-be-a-point-and-click-adventure.aspx" target="_blank"><em>GameInformer</em></a> about the sudden Sierra movement,<a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/08/16/sierra-s-new-king-s-quest-won-t-be-a-point-and-click-adventure.aspx" target="_blank"><em></em></a> though nothing too specific about King's Quest, other than Activision might allow more than one studio to use the same characters and universe. Color us intrigued.</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/rebooted_kings_quest_adventure_game_wont_be_point_and_click_2014#comments adventure game king's quest point-and-click Sierra Software News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:49:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28370 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Yanks Patch Tuesday Kernel Update Containing a BSOD Bug http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_yanks_patch_tuesday_kernel_update_containing_bsod_bug_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bsod.jpg" alt="BSOD" title="BSOD" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Just when you thought that BSODs were a thing of the past</h3> <p>After installing Microsoft's August 2014 Patch Tuesday updates, you may have noticed some wonky behavior in Windows. If you're especially unluckly, you may have even been experiencing those dreaded Blue Screen of Death errors that have largely been eradicated in recent years. It turns out <strong>there's some potentially buggy code that could cause BSODs after installing the updates</strong>, which prompted Microsoft to pull the patch offline while it investigates the issue.</p> <p>"Microsoft is investigating the behavior in which systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after any of the following updates are installed:</p> <ul> <li>2987291: MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014</li> <li>2970228: Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows</li> <li>2975719: August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2</li> <li>2975331: August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012</li> </ul> <p>This condition may be persistent and may prevent the system starting correctly," Microsoft says.</p> <p>There are a couple of other known issues associated with the update, both of which relate to fonts, though the BSOD problem is by far the most concerning. If you're negatively affected by the update, or simply don't want to risk that something will go wrong, Microsoft details a <a href="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2982791" target="_blank">step-by-step instructions</a> to get things working again.</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/microsoft_yanks_patch_tuesday_kernel_update_containing_bsod_bug_2014#comments blue screen of death BSOD microsoft Patch Tuesday Security Software News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:20:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 28369 at http://www.maximumpc.com Blizzard's Bumping Up the Price of World of Warcraft Subscriptions in the U.K. http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzards_bumping_price_world_warcraft_subscriptions_uk_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/wow_2.jpg" alt="WoW" title="WoW" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />As subscribers flee, subscription pricing goes up</h3> <p>Gravity ensures that most of what goes up must also come down (even that helium filled balloon will return to Earth one day, minus the helium inside), but when it comes to World of Warcraft, the world's most popular MMORPG, the opposite is true. That's to say that hot on the heels of Blizzard Activision announcing that <strong>WoW's number of subscribers have gone down, the price of a subscription is going up. </strong></p> <p>"We regularly look at our pricing around the world and from time to time we make changes in light of local and regional market conditions. As such, we want to give everyone a heads-up that we will shortly be adjusting the pound sterling subscription price of World of Warcraft," Blizzard Activision <a href="http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/11546524896" target="_blank">announced on Battle.net</a>.</p> <p>Beginning November 13, a monthly sub will rise to £9.99 for 30 days (up from £8.99), to £28.17 for 90 days (up from £25.17), and £52.14 for 180 days (up from £46.14). The suggested retail price of the 60-day prepaid time card will be £20.99.</p> <p>Players with recurring/auto-renewing subscriptions at the time of the price change will keep their current price for two years, as long as there are no interruptions.</p> <p>Some 800,000 players fled World of Warcraft in the last quarter, bringing the total number of subscribers to 6.8 million. That still qualifies WoW as biggest MMORPG in the world, though it's a far cry from its peak of 12 million in 2010.</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/blizzards_bumping_price_world_warcraft_subscriptions_uk_2014#comments activision blizzard Draenor games MMORPG Software world of warcraft News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:53:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 28368 at http://www.maximumpc.com Take a Sneak Peek of Three Upcoming Gigabyte Motherboards for Haswell-E http://www.maximumpc.com/take_sneak_peek_three_upcoming_gigabyte_motherboards_haswell-e_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_x99_gaming_g1.jpg" alt="Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi" title="Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />A colorful collection of motherboards</h3> <p>Intel's next generation Haswell-E processor launch is just around the corner, and the closer it gets, the more products we're seeing from its hardware partners. Haswell-E will usher in a new Intel X99 chipset with support for DDR4 memory. The upcoming CPUs will slip in socket 2011 motherboards, of which we've already seen several. You can add three more options to the list -- while details are light, <strong>we have pics of three upcoming Gigabyte motherboards for Haswell-E</strong>.</p> <p>The three boards include the Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 WIFI, Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force, and Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI. As suggested by the model numbers, all three are X99 motherboards. Unfortunately, we don't have any fascinating details to share about any of the boards, though we do have a trio of pics you can click through in our gallery below <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35528-gigabyte-cooks-up-three-haswell-e-motherboards" target="_blank">courtesy of <em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which got its hands on the product shots.</p> <p>Word <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/204172/intel-core-i7-haswell-e-and-x99-motherboards-launch-date-revealed.html" target="_blank">around the web</a> is that Intel will launch its next flagship Core i7 HEDT (high-end desktop) processors, otherwise known as Haswell-E, on August 29. It's rumored the chip maker will debut two 6-core CPUs and a single 8-core part, the Core i7 5960X with 20MB of shared L3 cache and a 3GHz clockspeed.</p> <p>The two 6-core parts include the Core i7 5930K (15MB of shared L3 cache, 3.5GHz) and Core i7 4820K (specs unknown).</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/take_sneak_peek_three_upcoming_gigabyte_motherboards_haswell-e_2014#comments Build a PC GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI GA-x99-SOC Force ga-x99-ud7 WIFI gigabyte Hardware haswell-e intel motherboard News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:51:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28367 at http://www.maximumpc.com Hackers Gain Access to Personal Info of 4.5 Million Community Health Patients http://www.maximumpc.com/hackers_gain_access_personal_info_45_million_community_health_patients_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/keyboard_doctor.jpg" alt="Keyboard Doctor" title="Keyboard Doctor" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />Major hospital group falls prey to hacker attack</h3> <p>A <strong>hacker attack believed to have originated in China resulted in the theft of personal details of 4.5 million patients</strong> of Community Health Systems Inc, one of the largest hospital groups in the nation. Cyber thieves made off with a treasure trove of personal details, including patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, and social security numbers, or pretty much all the necessary info to steal someone's identity.</p> <p>Those affected include anyone who was referred for or received services from physicians associated with Community Health Systems within the last five years. The hackers didn't make off with credit card, medical, or clinical information, though the data they did steal is considered protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).</p> <p>"The company and its forensic expert, Mandiant (a FireEye company), believe the attacker was an 'Advanced Persistent Threat' group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the company's systems," CHS stated in a <a href="http://www.chs.net/investor-relations/sec-fillings/" target="_blank">regulatory filing</a>. "The attacker was able to bypass the company's security measures and successfully copy and transfer certain data outside the company."</p> <p>CHS is working with law enforcement authorities, though that comes as little consolation to those affected by the theft. Perhaps of more value is CHS's offering of identity theft protection services.</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/hackers_gain_access_personal_info_45_million_community_health_patients_2014#comments community health hacking malware Security News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:29:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28366 at http://www.maximumpc.com Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Now Available in Canada and U.S. http://www.maximumpc.com/surface_pro_3_docking_station_now_available_canada_and_us678 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/dock-multi-monitor-2-1024x576.jpg" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station in Action" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Connect up to two external monitors to your Surface Pro 3</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.300191900?WT.mc_id=surface_RTM_Dock" target="_blank">Surface Pro 3 Docking Station</a> on Friday became available for purchase both online and offline in Canada and the United States. By far the most expensive accessory for the 12-inch tablet at $199, the Docking Station <strong>promises to transform your Surface Pro 3 device into a full-fledged desktop workstation.<br /></strong></p> <p>The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has: three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort video output, 3.5mm audio input/output connection, security lock slot, and power supply input.</p> <p>Combine the Docking Station’s Mini DisplayPort with the one already present on the tablet and you get the ability to connect up to two external displays. Alternately, you could use either one of those ports to connect a 4k display just as Microsoft Surface senior product manager Suneel Goud likes to do.</p> <p>“I personally use it at work to connect to my 4K external monitor, ergonomic keyboard and mouse, printer, external hard-drive, and multimedia speakers. And I still have open ports for additional accessories,” Goud wrote in a post on the <a href="http://blog.surface.com/2014/08/surfacepro3dock-canada-us/" target="_blank">Surface Blog</a> Friday.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Microsoft/Suneel Goud</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/surface_pro_3_docking_station_now_available_canada_and_us678#comments 4k docking station external display Hardware mini displayport surface pro 3 tablet windows 8.1 News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:47:00 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28363 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Releases Hotfix for Recent Internet Explorer Speed Issues http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_releases_hotfix_recent_internet_explorer_speed_issues232 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/ie_fix_it.jpg" alt="IE Hotfix" title="IE Hotfix" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Couple of recent security updates to blame</h3> <p>When a Microsoft exec revealed that company currently has no plans of porting Internet Explorer over to Android and iOS during a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, we were left scratching our heads as to why that might be. Here’s a possible explanation: It could be that the <strong>Internet Explorer team is too busy fixing IE for Windows</strong> to build entirely new versions of the browser.</p> <p>No sooner had Microsoft finished patching 26 Internet Explorer vulnerabilities as part of its August Patch Tuesday update than it realized Internet Explorer was a tad slow as a result of all the recent patching and that the issue was serious enough to warrant an out-of-band fix.</p> <p>“After you apply the MS14-037 (July 8, 2014) or MS14-051 (August 12, 2014) cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, web applications that implement consecutive modal dialog boxes may cause Internet Explorer to become slow and unresponsive over time. This issue occurs in Internet Explorer versions 7 through 11,” Microsoft wrote in it security advisory. </p> <p>In case you’ve the security updates that are to blame for this issue, all you need to do is to download the appropriate hotfix file based on your operating system and browser combination from this <a href="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2991509" target="_blank">link</a>.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_releases_hotfix_recent_internet_explorer_speed_issues232#comments browser hotfix Internet Explorer microsoft patch Software update News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:40:36 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28362 at http://www.maximumpc.com SteamVR Updated with Oculus Rift DK2 Support http://www.maximumpc.com/steamvr_updated_oculus_rift_dk2_support <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/314-steamvr.jpg" alt="SteamVR" title="SteamVR" width="228" height="129" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Oculus Rift DK2 began shipping in July</h3> <p><strong>Valve has updated the SteamVR feature it debuted earlier this year</strong>,&nbsp; <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/games/250820/announcements/detail/179336229464518511" target="_blank"> adding support for the Oculus Rift DK2 head-mounted display (HMD)</a> that began shipping late last month. With this update, the still-in-beta SteamVR, which is essentially a Steam interface for HMDs like the Oculus Rift, now supports positional tracking on Windows and OSX. Road to VR has published a <a href="http://www.roadtovr.com/how-to-enable-oculus-rift-dk2-half-life-2-steamvr-steam-big-picture-virtual-reality-mode/" target="_blank">step-by-step guide</a> on how to get SteamVR and Half-Life 2 to work with the Oculus Rift DK2.</p> <p>According to the same website, demand for the $350 DK2 is very strong, with Oculus VR, the company behind the device, having received orders for as many as 60,000 units, out of which 20,000 units have already reached buyers. The company recently updated the <a href="https://www.oculusvr.com/order/" target="_blank">Oculus Rift DK2 order page</a> to let everyone know that “new orders are expected to begin shipping in October 2014.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/steamvr_updated_oculus_rift_dk2_support#comments Gaming Half-Life 2 Hardware oculus rift dk2 oculus vr positional tracking steamvr Home News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:52:52 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28361 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo-IBM Server Deal Gets Regulatory Approval in U.S. http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo-ibm_server_deal_gets_regulatory_approval_us654 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/ibm-lenovo-server-deal.jpg" alt="Lenovo-IBM Server Deal" title="Lenovo-IBM Server Deal" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Lenovo’s server division set for sevenfold increase in global market share</h3> <p><strong>Lenovo’s $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM’s x86-based server business has been given the green light by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)</strong>, IBM announced in a <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44588.wss" target="_blank">press release</a> Friday. All eyes had been on CFIUS, a U.S. government inter-agency body responsible for assessing security implications of such foreign investments, after the deal received the necessary regulatory approval in China last month.&nbsp;</p> <p>“IBM today is pleased to announce it has received notice from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) of the successful conclusion of the committee’s review of the divestiture of its x86-based server business to Lenovo,” the company said in its press release. “The clearance by CFIUS of this transaction is good news for both IBM and Lenovo, and for our customers and employees. The parties now look forward to closing the transaction.”</p> <p>Both companies have every reason to be pleased as it must’ve been quite tough for them to allay security-related fears of U.S. government officials — IBM supplies servers to a number of high-profile customers, including some government agencies and telcos — at a time when the two countries are busy trading accusations of cyber espionage.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo-ibm_server_deal_gets_regulatory_approval_us654#comments acqusition cfius deal ibm lenovo m&a sale x86 servers News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:29:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28359 at http://www.maximumpc.com