News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en Samsung's 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 RAM Promises Longer Battery Life for Mobile Devices http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_20nm_6gb_lpddr3_ram_promises_longer_battery_life_mobile_devices <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_6gb.jpg" alt="Samsung 20nm 6Gb" title="Samsung 20nm 6Gb" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Look for thinner, longer lasting mobile gadgets</h3> <p><strong>Samsung said it has begun mass producing its 6-gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM based on its 20-nanometer process technology</strong> (not to be confused with 20nm-class, which could mean anywhere from 20nm to 29nm). Why should you care? The new mobile memory chip is more efficient, which in turn will enable longer battery life in mobile devices. It could also lead to slimmer, less expensive mobile products.</p> <p>The new 6Gb LPDDR3 has a per-pin data transfer rate of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps). It takes four of them to comprise a 3GB package, which Samsung says is more than 20 percent smaller and consumes 10 percent less energy than the currently available 3GB package using the company's previously lowest process technology. The end product is an improvement in every way -- mobile memory based on Samsung's 20nm process is smaller, thinner, faster, and more power efficient.</p> <p>"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140917006467/en/Samsung-Mass-Producing-Industry%E2%80%99s-20-Nanometer-6Gb-LPDDR3#.VBr_pfldVCg" target="_blank">said Jeeho Baek</a>, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are working closely with our global customers to offer next-generation mobile memory solutions that can be applied to a more extensive range of markets ranging from the premium to standard segments."</p> <p>Samsung says its new 20nm process brings about more than a 30 percent productivity gain. With that being the case, they should be cheaper to produce and could ultimately lead to price savings for the end user.</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/samsungs_20nm_6gb_lpddr3_ram_promises_longer_battery_life_mobile_devices#comments 6Gb Hardware lpddr3 Memory mobile ram samsung 20nm News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:56:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28558 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon Unloads Seven New Fire HD Tablets and E-Readers http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_unloads_seven_new_fire_hd_tablets_and_e-readers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kindle_fire_7.jpg" alt="Kindle Fire" title="Kindle Fire" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />Look who's ready for the holiday shopping season</h3> <p><strong>Amazon decided that releasing a new Kindle Fire HD tablet wouldn't be enough, so the e-tailer went and added more than half a dozen new slates and e-readers</strong>. It begins with the introduction of two brand new Kindles starting at $79 (Kindle) and $199 (Kindle Voyage). The Kindle Voyage ups the ante with the thinnest design yet for a Kindle device (0.30 inches) and a next generation paperwhite display.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I15SB16" target="_blank">$79 Kindle</a> ($99 without Special Offers) is upgraded with a 20 percent faster processor, twice the amount of storage, and a touch interface. And starting at $199 (or $219 without Special Offers) for the Wi-Fi version and $269 for the Wi-Fi + 3G (or $289 without Special Offers), the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOY8XWQ" target="_blank">Kindle Voyage</a> comes with a built-in light with adaptive light sensor, 300 pixels per inch display (versus 167 on the standard Kindle), and PagePress sensor that makes it easier to turn pages.</p> <p>Moving on, Amazon also released a pair of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LOR524M" target="_blank">Fire HD Kids Edition</a> tablets backed by 2-year "worry-free" guarantees -- if little Billy breaks his tablet, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked. The Fire HD Kids Edition comes in 6-inch ($149) and 7-inch ($189) models with choice of a blue, green, or pink kid-proof case.</p> <p>Billed as a real tablet and not a toy, the Fire HD Kids Edition wields a quad-core processor, HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, Dolby Digital audio, and access to Amazon's content ecosystem.</p> <p>If you're keeping count, we're up to four new devices with three more to go. Two of them belong to the all-new Fire HD category. These are also available in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KC6I06S" target="_blank">6-inch</a> (starting at $99) and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IKPYKWG/ref=fs_fas" target="_blank">7-inch</a> (starting at $139, available in October) models with 8GB and 16GB capacity options. <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1969156&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">According to Amazon</a>, the 1.5GHz quad-core processor stuffed inside these slates has 3x the graphics performance of the Samsung Tab 4.</p> <p>Finally, there's the all new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HCNHDN0" target="_blank">Fire HDX 8.9</a> powered by the latest generation quad-core 2.5GHz processor with a 70 percent faster graphics engine than the previous version. Amazon says it's 20 percent lighter than the iPad Air, and it's the first tablet with Dolby Atmos, which creates a new mobile headphone experience with multidimensional sound that flows above and around you, the company says. Pricing starts at $379.</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/amazon_unloads_seven_new_fire_hd_tablets_and_e-readers_2014#comments amazon Hardware hdx kindle fire hd mobile slate tablet News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:33:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28557 at http://www.maximumpc.com Destiny Darts to $325 Million in Five Days, Online Players Log 100 Million http://www.maximumpc.com/destiny_darts_325_million_five_days_online_players_log_100_million <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/destiny.jpg" alt="Destiny" title="Destiny" width="228" height="129" style="float: right;" />Activision Blizzard has another lucrative franchise on its hands</h3> <p>Though some early reviews have criticized <em>Destiny</em> for its repetitive game play and vague storyline, it's still raking in a lot of money for publisher Activision Blizzard. Citing Chart-Track figures, Activision Blizzard says <strong><em>Destiny</em> has sold through more than $325 million worldwide in its first five days</strong>, which underscores that it's the best selling new video game franchise launch of all time.</p> <p>Developer Bungie claims <em>Destiny</em> players have logged over 100 million hours of online play through the first week and participated in 137 million activities. In addition, <em>Destiny</em> has won over 180 awards and nominations.</p> <p>"<em>Destiny </em>fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader," <a href="http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=871349" target="_blank">said Eric Hirshberg</a>, CEO, Activision Publishing. "Millions of gamers are having a great time playing <em>Destiny </em>and can't put down their controllers. And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with our partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences and content to life in the game."</p> <p><em>Destiny</em> became one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year as gamers were eager to see what the developers of <em>Halo</em>, another hugely popular franchise, would come up with.</p> <p>Last week, Activision announced that it had shipped $500 million worth of copies to retail. Having now grossed $325 million from those sales, the sales estimate sits at over 5 million copies in circulation so far. Microsoft undoubtedly helped put copies into the hands of gamers when it ran a promotion from September 7 to 13 in which anyone who purchased a new Xbox One console from a participating retailer, including the Madden NFL 15 and Forza bundles, would be eligible for a free game priced $59.99 or less.</p> <p>As of right now, there aren't any plans to port <em>Destiny</em> over to PC, though Activision Publishing CEO Erik Hirshberg left the door open back at E3 when he said it's "something we're talking about and looking at very carefully."</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/destiny_darts_325_million_five_days_online_players_log_100_million#comments activision blizzard destiny games News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:29:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28556 at http://www.maximumpc.com GammaTech Announces Durabook R11 Tablet http://www.maximumpc.com/gammatech_announces_durabook_r11_tablet_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/durabook_r11.jpg" alt="GammaTech Durabook R11" title="GammaTech Durabook R11" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />The lightest 11.6-inch rugged tablet in its class, GammaTech says</h3> <p>Tablets aren't exactly known for their durability. Can you image dropping your Android slate or iPad down a flight of stairs? If the stairs are carpeted, you might get away with it (we don't recommend testing this out), otherwise there's a good chance the screen will end up busted. <strong>GammaTech's new Durabook R11 is a rugged slate</strong> that would probably survive such a tumble, as well as other harsh situations.</p> <p>According to GammaTech, the Durabook R11 is the lightest 11.6-inch rugged tablet in its class. The slate weighs 2.73 pounds (with battery) and measures 11.4 inches (W) by 7.48 inches (D) by 0.78 inches (H), or 290mm (W) by 190mm (D) by 20mm (H) if you prefer metric.</p> <p>It boasts Military Standard 810G and IP65 certifications for drop, shock, dust, and water resistance, and is MIL-STD 461F certified for operation in hazardous locations. According to GammaTech, it can withstand extreme temperatures ranging from -14F to around 131F degrees.</p> <p>As to the hardware, the Durabook R11 features an Intel Haswell Y Series CPU, up to 8GB of DDR3L 1600 RAM, 64GB or 128GB M.2 SATA SSD, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1080p front-facing camera, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, SDXC card reader, SIM card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and various other odds and ends. On the software side, there are various options, including Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Those interested can create an account at <a href="https://www.gammatechusa.com/products/tablets/durabook-r11" target="_blank">GammaTech's website</a> to get pricing and customization options.</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/gammatech_announces_durabook_r11_tablet_2014#comments durabook r11 gammatech Hardware mobile rugged slate tablet News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:16:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28555 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus May Sue X99 Motherboard Competitors Over OC Socket Design http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_may_sue_x99_motherboard_competitors_over_oc_socket_design_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rampage_v_extreme_socket.jpg" alt="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" title="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />A suppy chain leak may have led to patent infringement</h3> <p>It's said that all is fair in love and war, but in the motherboard war that's currently taking place, some companies may have went too far. That's the reported opinion of Asus, anyway, <strong>Apparently Asus thinks competing motherboard makers infringed on pending patents related to its OC Socket technology</strong> found in boards based on Intel's X99 chipset for Haswell-E. Asus developed its OC Socket technology in-house.</p> <p>What is OC Socket? It has more pins than a standard LGA 2011 socket. The six additional pins are strategically spread out around the socket and allow you to tap into additional Haswell-E voltage lanes to enable higher and more stable overclocks.</p> <p>"Designed to break performance barriers, Asus OC Socket utilizes extra pins to connect a proprietary circuit to contacts found on Haswell-E's land grid array (LGA). Combined with our customized UEFI, this exclusive feature enables higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies, and enhanced stability while overclocking, extending all the way to extreme overclocking conditions, such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). OC Socket is 100 percent compatible with new Haswell-E LGA 2011-v3 CPUs, ensuring the ideal combination of overclocking performance and compatibility," Asus explains.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140917PD204.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, an investigation by Asus has lead the company to believe that supply chain makers leaked confidential OC Socket designs to competitors. As a result, Asus is considering legal action against competing motherboard makers, including ASRock, MSI, and Gigabyte.</p> <p>Stay tuned, as we'll be watching to see how this develops.</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/asus_may_sue_x99_motherboard_competitors_over_oc_socket_design_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware legal motherboard oc socket Patent Infringement x99 News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:09:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28554 at http://www.maximumpc.com Xotic PC's Aggressive Looking Phantom X1 Laptop Takes Flight with Haswell http://www.maximumpc.com/xotic_pcs_aggressive_looking_phantom_x1_laptop_takes_flight_haswell_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/phantom_x1.jpg" alt="Xotic PC Phantom X1" title="Xotix PC Phantom X1" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Not a laptop for boardroom meetings</h3> <p>If you're looking for a business laptop to bring into the boardroom and take notes with, there's nothing for you to see here (unless you want to make a splash in front of your colleagues and bosses). However, if it's an aggressive design and affordable price tag you're after, Xotic PC may have something of interest. <strong>Meet the Phantom X1, Xotic PC's latest 15.6-inch gaming laptop</strong> starting at $1,159.</p> <p>From the available press images we've seen, the overall aesthetic reminds us of a few Asus ROG laptops -- it's sort of a stealth fighter jet theme.</p> <p>On the inside, things are a bit more standard fare. The Phantom X1 comes stock with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080 IPS display powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor (Haswell), 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, memory card reader, webcam, backlit keyboard and a few other tidbits. Not included is an operating system, which you can add starting at $105.</p> <p>The Phantom X1 is <a href="http://www.xoticpc.com/phantom-x1-p-7527.html" target="_blank">available now</a> to configure and order.</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/xotic_pcs_aggressive_looking_phantom_x1_laptop_takes_flight_haswell_2014#comments Hardware haswell laptop notebook OEM phantom x1 rigs xotic pc News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:41:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28553 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech Develops Custom Romer-G Switches for G910 Orion Spark Mechanical Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_develops_custom_romer-g_switches_g910_orion_spark_mechanical_keyboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_g910_orion_spark.jpg" alt="Logitech G910 Orion Spark" title="Logitech G910 Orion Spark" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />A feature rich mechanical keyboard with one-of-a-kind key switches</h3> <p><strong>Logitech just announced the G910 Orion Spark RGB, a mechanical keyboard</strong> and successor to the G710. Unlike its predecessor, however, the G910 boasts Logitech's exclusive new Romer-G mechanical key switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch out there with an actuation point of 1.5mm, Logitech says. It's also supposedly a more durable plank -- Logitech claims it can withstand 70 million keystrokes.</p> <p>"This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key," <a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/logitech-engineers-most-advanced-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-world" target="_blank">said Vincent Tucker</a>, director of Logitech gaming. "Our team was charged with developing a keyboard that truly improves the gaming experience, and Orion Spark delivers."</p> <p>Each key of the Orion Spark can be individually customized from a selection of 16.8 million colors. This opens up the possibility of marking keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands, or you can simply change the color to match your overall setup.</p> <p>There are nine programmable G-keys on the Orion Spark, and when spread across three profiles, there's the potential to create up to 27 macros using the Logitech Gaming Software.</p> <p>The Orion Spark can also communicate with your mobile device using a new app called Arx Control. This allows your mobile device to display in-game intelligence, system performance stats, media controls, and more. To make such a thing feasible, the Orion Spark features a pull-out tray that supports most iOS and Android devices.</p> <p>Logitech says the Orion Spark will be available in November for $180; you can <a href="http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/rgb-gaming-keyboard-g910?wt.mc_id=global_g910" target="_blank">place a pre-order</a> now.</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/logitech_develops_custom_romer-g_switches_g910_orion_spark_mechanical_keyboard_2014#comments g910 orion spark Hardware logitech mechanical keyboard Peripherals romer-g News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:03:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 28552 at http://www.maximumpc.com Valve is Adding Support for 11 Currencies on Steam http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_adding_support_11_currencies_steam_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/valve-logo.png" alt="Valve Logo" title="Valve Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Five new currencies added today, the rest to follow</h3> <p>Valve has quite a lot on its plate these days. There’s the Steam Machine which was <a title="MPC Steam Machine delay" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/controller_tweaks_prompt_valve_delay_steam_machines_until_2015" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">delayed to early 2015</span></a> so Valve can work on fine-tuning both its Steam Controller and SteamOS. &nbsp;In the meantime, it is releasing updates for its various games and, presumably, is developing sequels to some of its franchises. Then there is a small thing called Steam that, until recently, supported only five currencies. But not anymore. <strong>V</strong><strong>alve has announced that it is adding 11 additional currencies to Steam</strong> over the following weeks.&nbsp;</p> <p>The developer revealed today that it has already added five additional currencies to Steam that includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Meanwhile, support for Canada, Mexico, Korea, Turkey, and Norway will be added in the coming weeks. Until now, Valve’s online store has only accepted U.S. dollars, British pounds, Russian rubles, Brazilian reais, and euros while the Japanese yen was added last month. New payment methods will also be added for these new regions.</p> <p>The support of additional currencies is certainly good news for gamers who live in these regions and will, hopefully, remove some of the hassles and hurdles for those who wish to purchase games from Steam with their local currency.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_adding_support_11_currencies_steam_2014#comments 11 new currencies currency Steam steam wallet Valve News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:22:21 +0000 Sean D Knight 28550 at http://www.maximumpc.com AOC Wants to Save Your Eyes Using Anti-Blue Light Technology in Monitors http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_wants_save_your_eyes_using_anti-blue_light_technology_monitors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_monitor_0.jpg" alt="AOC Monitor" title="AOC Monitor" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />A friendly technology for your eyeballs</h3> <p>Display maker <strong>AOC is rolling out a patent-pending technology called "Anti-Blue Light"</strong> that's supposed to protect your eyes against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit monitors. Just like overexposure to Ultra-Violet (UV) light waves from the sun can impair your vision, so can shortwave blue light (380-450 nm) from LED-backlit devices, AOC says. The company's Anti-Blue Light technology reduces the intensity and strength of the harmful shortwave blue light by fine tuning the LED backlight.</p> <p>This method reduces blue light by over 90 percent. Compared to other solutions that use filters or software settings, AOC's ABL technology reduces shortwave blue light without dimming or distorting colors so that the monitor can maintain the true color and clarity of your images.</p> <p>Is this a real problem? According to AOC, there are studies showing that long-term exposure to blue light can lead to macular degeneration (AMD), a permanent loss of vision in the center of the eye due to damage of the retina. The company references Dr. Carl Kupfer, former Director of the U.S. National Eye Institute, who predicts that "the prevalence of AMD is expected to rise 6.3 million by the year 2030" and that it will become an epidemic.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/blue-light.jpg" alt="Blue light" title="Blue light" width="555" height="245" /></p> <p>"We believe that any technology that can help protect our users’ eyes, without forcing them to change their digital lifestyles will be highly welcome," said Steve Young, AOC Marketing Manager. "AOC’s Anti-Blue Light technology leads the industry in protecting consumers against the damaging effects of blue light and providing a safer and healthier workplace."</p> <p>AOC's solution tweaks the blue light emissions at the source by shifting the wavelength peak of the LED backlight from 450nm to 460nm, moving it out of the range that's considered harmful.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/blue-light2.jpg" alt="Blue Light" title="Blue Light" width="612" height="252" /></p> <p>The company plans to implement it's ABL technology into its AOC 76V Series.</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/aoc_wants_save_your_eyes_using_anti-blue_light_technology_monitors_2014#comments anti-blue light aoc display Hardware monitor technology News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:17:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28546 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Unveils Universal Keyboard and Wired Xbox One Controller for Windows http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_unveils_universal_keyboard_and_wireless_xbox_one_controller_windows_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_controller_windows.jpg" alt="Xbox One Controller for Windows" title="Xbox One Controller for Windows" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />A keyboard that doesn't play favorites</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft beefed up its hardware portfolio today</strong>, and two of the more notable items consist of a universal mobile keyboard that works with Windows, iOS, and Android devices, and a wired Xbox One controller for Windows. For those of you looking for a new rodent, the company also released an <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/arc-touch-bluetooth-mouse/7MP-00001" target="_blank">Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse</a> and a <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-mobile-mouse-3500-limited-edition/GMF-00403" target="_blank">Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition</a>.</p> <p>Getting back to the good stuff, the universal keyboard sports an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard. That means you can pair the keyboard with up to three devices and take advantage of each one's unique keys, like the Windows Control key, the iOS Command key, and Android's Home button, all on a single plank.</p> <p>It also sports a built-in cover that doubles as a stand for your tablet or smartphone when opened up. When you flip it open, it turns the keyboard on automatically and initiates a Bluetooth connection. Closing the cover turns it back off. <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2014/09/16/new-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-with-windows-ios-and-android-mobile-devices/" target="_blank">According to Microsoft</a>, the rechargeable battery is good for up to six months of use on a single charge -- if it runs out of juice, it only takes 10 minutes to charge it enough to last a full day.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sdPT-TzgU84" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/universal-mobile-keyboard/P2Z-00001" target="_blank">Universal Mobile Keyboard</a> will be available in October for $79.95 at the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/universal-mobile-keyboard/P2Z-00001" target="_blank">Microsoft Store</a> and other places.</p> <p>As for the Xbox One controller, it's now available for the PC. Like the version for the Xbox One, it sports over 40 improvements compared to the Xbox 360 controller. It also comes with a cable so you can enjoy a wired connection and not worry about battery life; it also works wirelessly, but only on the Xbox One, not PC.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/xbox-one-controller-for-windows/C8G-00004" target="_blank">Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows</a> will be available in November for $59.95.</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_unveils_universal_keyboard_and_wireless_xbox_one_controller_windows_2014#comments controller Hardware keyboard microsoft Windows xbox one News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:45:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28545 at http://www.maximumpc.com Far Cry 4 Trailer Shows Awesome Power of Elephants http://www.maximumpc.com/far_cry_4_trailer_shows_awesome_power_elephants_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><strong><img src="/files/u69/far_cry_4_elephant.jpg" alt="Far Cry 4 Elephtant" title="Far Cry 4 Elephant" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" /></strong>"Fun Fact: Elephants crave the taste of human blood!"</h3> <p>The <strong>newest trailer for Ubisoft's forthcoming Far Cry 4 game plays out like a horrific documentary on elephants</strong>, one in which you learn the purported "fun fact" that elephants crave the taste of your blood. That probably isn't true in the real world (we certainly hope it isn't!), but in Kyrat, the fictional Himalayan region that serves as the setting in Far Cry 4, you better believe it's true.</p> <p>It's also true (in Far Cry 4) that elephants never forget when it comes to vengeance, or so we're told by the voice-over in the trailer. Don't concern yourself whether that translates into the real world as well, the lesson here is that these 7-ton animals are awesomely powerful and it looks like we're going to have a lot of fun using them against the enemies. Of course, that assumes the elephants are on your side -- if not, you better get out of the way.</p> <p>Far Cry 4 is scheduled to launch on November 18, 2014, for the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/U_3zBLE8Dhk" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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/far_cry_4_trailer_shows_awesome_power_elephants_2014#comments elephants far cry 4 game Software News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:06:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28544 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Schedules Windows 9 Event for September 30 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_screenie.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Screenie" title="Windows 9 Screenie" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Microsoft is finally ready to talk about its next version of Windows</h3> <p>Up to this point, we've mostly had to rely on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014">leaked photos</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930">videos</a> of Windows 9, codenamed Threshold, to understand what Microsoft has in store for us beyond Windows 8. Well, the wait for official information is almost over. <strong>Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for a "Windows event"</strong> it plans to hold on September 30, 2014, in San Francisco.</p> <p>"Join us to hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise," the invitation reads.</p> <p>This falls in line with previous rumors that had Microsoft pegged to talk about Windows 9 at the end of September. It's also been rumored that Microsoft will release to the public a Windows 9 Technical Preview either at the end of September or in early October. It's not known if Microsoft is planning to do that at its upcoming press event, though we'll soon find out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6151417/windows-9-event-september-30th-san-francisco" target="_blank">According to <em>The Verge</em></a>, Joe Belfiore (Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft) and Terry Myerson (Executive Vice President of Operating Systems at Microsoft) will lead the discussion around the future of Windows. The event will be geared towards enterprise and Windows power users.</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_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014#comments enterprise microsoft operating system OS Software windows 9 News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:01:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28542 at http://www.maximumpc.com Micron Unveils High Speed, Low Power M600 SATA SSD, Comes in Different Form Factors http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_unveils_high_speed_low_power_m600_sata_ssd_comes_different_form_factors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/micron_m600.jpg" alt="Micron M600 SSD" title="Micron M600 SSD" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Comes in more than a dozen capacities and form factors</h3> <p><strong>Micron, the memory chip maker based in Boise, Idaho, announced its M600 SATA solid state drive</strong>. According to Micron, the M600 represents a next-generation design that sets a new bar for low-power, high-performance storage for PCs. There are 13 different variations to choose from ranging in capacity from 128GB to 1TB and in 2.5-inch/7mm, mSATA, and M.2 single-sided form factors.</p> <p>The M600 sips less than 2mW in sleep mode and averages 150mW during active use, compared to a typical laptop hard disk drive, which chugs 130mW in sleep mode and 1,400Mw to 2,000mW when active.</p> <p>On the performance side, the M600 boasts random reads up to 100,000 IOPS and sequential reads of up to 560MB/s for all capacities.&nbsp; Random write performance is rated at 88,000 IOPS while sequential writes top out at 510MB/s, which is again for all capacities.</p> <p><a href="http://investors.micron.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=871020" target="_blank">According to Micron</a>, the M600 benefits from using its unique dynamic write acceleration technology to deliver consistently high write performance regardless of SSD capacity. This technology switches NAND cells to behave more like higher-grade flash (from MLC to SLC) on-the-fly, which in turn creates a cache that is sized according to what the drive needs rather than sacrificing user capacity for a permanent cache. Micron says this method reduces power and improves write performance by as much as 2.8 times compared to non-cached systems, while leading to greater longevity to boot.</p> <p>The M600 SSD is currently in production and is sold directly to OEMs. You can look for the M600 to show up in a variety of products, including Ultrabooks, tablets, video capture systems, and performance-oriented PCs.</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/micron_unveils_high_speed_low_power_m600_sata_ssd_comes_different_form_factors_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware m600 micron solid state drive ssd storage News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:27:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28541 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maxthon Nitro Browser (Beta) Now Available to Download http://www.maximumpc.com/maxthon_nitro_beta_now_available_download_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nitro.jpg" alt="Maxthon Nitro" title="Maxthon Nitro" width="228" height="209" style="float: right;" />Maxthon developers claim Nitro is the fastest PC browser in the world</h3> <p>Growing tired of the same collection of browsers? If you're looking to try something new and aren't already familiar with Maxthon's offerings, <strong>you can download the beta of Maxthon Nitro (MxNitro)</strong>, supposedly the fastest browser available for the PC, according to the developers. Compared to the previous version, it loads three times faster, and compared to whichever browser you're using now, the developers say it fetches and loads webpages "considerably quicker."</p> <p>Maxthon is targeting users who want a no-fuss, stripped down browser that's fast, minimalistic in design, and has a low memory and CPU footprint.</p> <p>"Our focus groups and longitudinal surveys detail a growing segment of users who want speed above all else. 80 percent of users say that speed is their number one decision-making criteria and that they are willing to forego extensive features and add-ons to get more of it," <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/maxthon-releases-mxnitro-beta-the-fastest-pc-browser-in-the-world-275128471.html" target="_blank">said Jeff Chen</a>, CEO of Maxthon. "This product is dedicated solely to that important and growing consumer niche."</p> <p>MxNitro gets it speed in part by reducing its UI load, and also by adding new patent-pending pre-connection and pre-fetching technology. Sounds all well and dandy, but is it truly faster than other browsers? Subjectively speaking, in our limited hands-on testing, it certainly feels faster -- webpages appear to render quicker than on Chrome, Firefox, or IE.</p> <p>What about objectively? Stay tuned -- we plan to run Nitro through a few browser benchmarks to see how it compares to the competition. In the meantime, you can check it out for yourself <a href="http://usa.maxthon.com/mxnitro/" target="_blank">here</a>.</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/maxthon_nitro_beta_now_available_download_2014#comments browser maxthon nitro Software News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:56:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28540 at http://www.maximumpc.com VESA Announces DisplayPort 1.3 Standard, Pushes Bandwidth to 32.4Gbps for 5K Displays http://www.maximumpc.com/vesa_announces_displayport_13_standard_pushes_bandwidth_324gbps_5k_displays_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/displayport.jpg" alt="DisplayPort" title="DisplayPort" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />Bring on the 5K monitors!</h3> <p>Just when we were beginning to get used to the idea of 4K resolution TVs and monitors, Dell went and teased us with a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/dells_5k_monitor_pre_reviewed_2014" target="_blank">32-inch 5K panel</a> that it plans on releasing later this year for $2,499.99. With a resolution of 5120x2880, that's 70 percent more pixels than 4K, and to drive that many pixels you'd need to utilize two DisplayPort 1.2 ports. We don't expect 5K to be a mainstream thing anytime soon, but for those who plan on playing with that many pixels, you'll be happy to know that the <strong>Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard</strong>, which supports 5K monitors.</p> <p>DisplayPort 1.3 increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps by way of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1 Gbps each. That's a 50 percent bump from DisplayPort 1.2a, and once you account for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.92Gbps of uncompressed video data, VESA says.</p> <p>"While becoming a mainstream video standard, DisplayPort continues to be at the cutting edge of A/V transport," <a href="http://www.displayport.org/pr/vesa-releases-displayport-1-3-standard/" target="_blank">said VESA Board of Directors Chair Alan Kobayashi</a>, Fellow &amp; Executive R&amp;D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. "These new enhancements to DisplayPort will facilitate both higher resolution displays, as well as easier integration of DisplayPort into multi-protocol data transports, which will satisfy consumer’s desire for simplicity and ease-of-use."</p> <p>The new standard will allow users to run 5K monitors using a single DisplayPort cable without the use of compression. It will also allow for higher resolutions when running multiple monitors through a single connection using DisplayPort's Multi-Stream feature, such as running a pair of 4K monitors.</p> <p>DisplayPort also adds support for the 4:2:0 pixel structure, a video format used on consumer digital television interfaces, which enables support for future 8K x 4K displays, VESA says.</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/vesa_announces_displayport_13_standard_pushes_bandwidth_324gbps_5k_displays_2014#comments 5k display displayport 1.3 Hardware vesa News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:13:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28539 at http://www.maximumpc.com