The general consensus is that Logitech's latest gaming keyboard, the G19, is better in nearly every way than the G15 it's poised to replace. And if you want to get your hands on one, you finally can, but you'll have to order it from Dell. According to tech news site Engadget, Dell somehow managed to snag a 30-day sales exclusive on the keyboard.
We've already posted a hands-on impression of the G19 way back in January of this year, which you can read here. The most notable improvement of the G19 is the inclusion of a bright 320x240 tilting LCD screen. Users can view the time, resource load, VoIP communication data, and even watch YouTube videos on the nifty display, in addition to a host of other uses.
More macro keys are found on the G19, along with the ability to adjust the color of the backlight. All in all, it's a worthy successor to one of the most popular gaming keyboards on the market.
The G19 is available now through Dell for $180 (plus tax and shipping).
When AMD heard the news that the European Commission had found Intel guilty of anticompetitive business practices and hit the No. 1 chip maker with a record setting $1.45 billion fine, we imagine the response behind closed doors was something along the lines, "Woohoo!!," followed by a series of high-fives. After all, AMD has been crying foul for years over allegations that Intel was issuing illegal rebates and other incentives to vendors and retailers to stop them from selling AMD chips. But while AMD execs are probably dancing on their desks in jubilation, the No. 2 chip maker's official response took on a decidedly more business-like (though no less giddy) tone.
"After an exhaustive investigation, the EU came to one conclusion - Intel broke the law and consumers were hurt," said Tom McCoy, AMD executive vice president for legal affairs. "With this ruling, the industry will benefit from an end to Intel's monopoly-inflated pricing and European consumers will enjoy greater choice, value, and innovation."
In a press release, AMD went on to say that Intel has so far failed to convince any antitrust enforcement agency that its business practices are lawful and pro-consumer. AMD points out past fines and rulings against Intel on similar matters, including a 26 billion won fine (about $25.4 million USD) in 2008, a ruling in 2005 by the Japan Fair Trade Commission finding that Intel had violated the country's anti-monopoly laws, and an ongoing investigation by the FTC here in the States with a trial scheduled for spring 2010.
Much was made over the race to 1GHz on the CPU front, a race AMD won with its Athlon processor. Markedly less exciting (but still an impressive feat) has been the sprint to churn out the first factory-clocked 1GHz GPU, with AMD again claiming victory, this time over Nvidia instead of Intel.
"Throughout the 40-year history of AMD, we have continually focused on technology firsts that deliver superior value to the customer," said Rick Bergman, senior VP, Products Group, AMD. "The 1GHz ATI Radeon HD 4890 continues that tradition by increasing the performance and compute power of our flagship singleGPU solution, ensuring a great experience whether our customers are playing the latest DirectX 10.1 game or running GPU accelerated applications built with OpenCL."
At 1GHz, the HD 4890 is able to deliver 1.6 TeraFLOPs of computing power, or "50 percent more than that of the competition's best single-GPU solution." In terms of real-world performance, however, the HD 4890 trails slightly behind Nvidia's GTX 285 in most benchmarks, or at least it does at 900MHz (see review of Asus Radeon EAH4890 Top in the June 2009 issue of Maximum PC on page 74).
FPS jockeying aside, it's good to see AMD aggressively going after the top spot in the graphics market rather than concede the high-end sector to Nvidia like it had done with its last generation of GPUs.
The European Commission today told Intel it has to cough up $1.45 billion in fines, and it did so without the threat of sharks with fricken' lasers or blowing up the earth. Dr. Evil would be proud.
Intel stood accused of anticompetitive practices, allegedly offering large rebates to computer manufacturers and retail chains in exchange for snubbing rival chip maker AMD. Reports started trickling out earlier this week that Intel would be fined for its actions, with some savvy experts predicting it could be as high as $1.3 billion. While not quite as high, the 1.06 billion euros ($1.45 billion) the EC did settle on sets a new record, dwarfing the 476 million-euro fine it hit Microsoft with in 2004, also a new record at the time.
"Intel has harmed million of European consumers by deliberately acting to keep competitors out of the market for computer chips for many years," European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said.
In addition to the exorbitant fine, Intel was order to cease all illegal practices immediately, including halting illegal rebates.
The latest rumors and inside information regarding Microsoft's bid to enter the smartphone market continues to raise questions on what Microsoft has planned, including whether 'Project Pink' refers to a set of mobile services or actual hardware. Those questions remain, but ZDnet's Mary Jo Foley, citing a "trustworthy source," divulges potential details on Microsoft's upcoming smartphone.
According to Foley, the new device will come with an ARM v6+ processor, 256MB of DRAM and 1GB+ of flash memory, a 3.5-inch or bigger WVGA display, multi-touch support, and a battery that's "sufficient to meet Days of Use LTK requirements."
Possible peripherals include GPS, high-speed USGB, WiFi, and a 3MP camera, and optional features will include an FM tuner, haptic feedback, SD card slot, and a QWERTY keyboard.
You knew it was coming sooner or later. Microsoft's Laptop Hunters commercials have hit a sore spot with Apple after attempting to expose the MacBook as an overpriced, underpowered (but pretty) platform, so it was only a matter of time before Apple fired back.
Starring Justin Long and John Hodgman (who else?), the latter stands in front of a long line of suited PCs. Two by two, a handful of of PCs are disqualified as an actress lists what's she's looking for (big screen, fast processor), until she lobs and oft-used Apple bomb.
"I just need something that works without crashing or viruses or a ton of headaches," the actress demands.
Disgusted, Hodgman and the remaining PCs march off-screen, leaving Justin Long (Mac) as the remaining option. You can check it out here, then hit the jump and post tell us what you think.
Remember that scene from Lord of the Rings where Boromir was stuck clean through with, like, a billion arrows? And you were all like, “Man, I wish I could somehow apply this awesome form of carnage to a brightly colored Valve FPS”? Well, Valve heard your repeated horn calls cries, incredibly specific reader, and will soon be giving you the chance to rain down pointy doom with the Huntsman hunting bow.
Coming in the upcoming Sniper update (which is, itself, coming later this week), the Huntsman will probably give you some new perspective in your games of Cowboys vs. Indians. Said Valve about the first in a line of new unlockables for the Sniper:
"’Now, hold on,’ you keep saying. ‘Aren't bows and arrows primitive and harmless?’ Why don't you ask the dinosaurs? Except you can't, because the cavemen bow and arrowed them to death. One headshot from the Huntsman can mean an instant crit, in addition to a bolt-riddled corpse hanging from a wall that's gruesome and funny.”
The Huntsman will come equipped with 18 arrows and a special charge shot. The rest of the Sniper’s new toys are to be unveiled throughout the week. We’re hoping for some kind of animal companion. How about you?
The sharp and steady decline in PC chip shipments in recent times can be likened to a tailspin. Market research firm IDC has published its appraisal of PC chip shipments in the first quarter of 2009. PC chip shipments are still in a nosedive per IDC, though the pace of their descent has decreased considerably.
Intel shipped 33 percent less Atom processors during the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. The decline in Atom shipments isn’t entirely surprising as suppliers have amassed a huge stockpile of Atom processors.
The first quarter bought some relief for AMD as its market share improved by 4.6% to reach 22.3 percent. AMD improved its standing in both the PC and mobile markets at the expense of Intel, which had its market share trimmed down to 77.3 percent from 82 percent in the previous quarter.
Duke Nukem Forever may or may not be completely caput, but the autopsy’s already well underway. The findings of said dig through Duke’s remains include screenshots, movies, and – oh – the game’s entire storyline.
From what we could gather, Duke Nukem Forever was intended to be a linear shooter – not unlike Half-Life or something of its ilk – but, as is Duke’s wont, completely over-the-top. Apparently, Duke’s latest adventure begins with the big man having, er, relations with two assuredly voluptuous vixens and playing his own videogame. At the same time. If that’s not the American Dream, we don’t know what is.
Then aliens invade, as they sometimes do, and Duke ducks into the Duke Cave (official terminology, not kidding) in order to suit up for a hard day of sharp-shooting and verbal emasculation. Shame he apparently forgets his gum. Again. From there on, Duke fights aliens (including classics like the Pigcop) at pretty much every location imaginable, both in space and on our invasion-prone planet, until finally toppling the fathership and appearing on a talk show.
Gameplay concepts that were to be featured prominently in 3D Realms’ take on DNF include: a shrink ray, a tiny drivable RC car, jetpacks, nukes, playing as a character named Bombshell, and something called the Devestator. 12 years? We would’ve waited 20.
To be honest, though, DNF doesn’t sound like it would’ve been the Greatest Game of All Time. Good? Probably. But with its tumultuous development history, it likely wouldn’t have turned quite as many heads as it would’ve rolled eyes. Even so, the game does sound like more of what made Duke 3D so much fun, and we’re still holding out hope that it’ll be finished and released eventually.
Sure, Apple’s app store has been known to make its fair share of senseless moves, but this one just about nears the top of the list. Recently they rejected Maza Digital’s Drivetrain, an app that would allow users to control the Transmission Bittorrent client from anywhere. Why? Because those that use it are infringing upon rights, of course!
Apple’s reason for denying the app was because “this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights.” So, while there are millions of legal torrents available and it’s quickly become one of the most popular ways to download files, those that use it are (and I’m paraphrasing here) criminal.
Well, at least you can still get Ze Frank’s free iPhone app. I wonder if they’ll try to deny it too?