HTC planned to enter the thinly populated world of Windows RT tablets with a 12-inch tablet, a new report claims, but eventually decided against it as fear of failure set in. It might still have enough confidence in Microsoft’s ARM-friendly OS to try its hands at a more conventional form factor, though.
Thinking about picking up Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone? Before you do, Microsoft wants you to consider the price. Off contract, a Galaxy S4 will set you back "a cool $750," compared to Nokia's Lumia 521, a Windows Phone 8 device that costs $150 off-contract. Oh yes, Microsoft went there, and then shot a YouTube video showing all the things you could purchase at a Microsoft Store with the money you saved.
Mobile gamers drooling over the launch of fast desktop parts like the GeForce GTX 780 and GTX 770 need not worry that they won't have anything new to play with in the notebook arena. Following the launch of the aforementioned desktop parts, team green this week introduced its GeForce GTX 700M series of laptop GPUs. There are four new mobile parts in all, each one based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture.
There are only a handful of 30-inch PC monitors to choose from, compared to, say, 24-inch panels, of which you could spend an entire weekend just researching all the different options. For that reason, we can't help but get a little excited when a display maker announces a new large screen monitor, only Asus didn't stop at 30 inches. The new PQ321 Asus unveiled is actually 31.5 inches, slightly larger than the competition.
Today Razer announced a 14-inch version of the Razer Blade. Known simply as the Razer Blade (yea, we don’t get these new-age naming conventions either), the small gaming laptop is incredibly svelte being thinner than a standing dime. Measuring .66 inches tall, Razer boasts that it is the world’s thinnest gaming laptop and that it is actually skinnier than the fattest part of a MacBook Air.
Sound the trumpets and cue the chorus line to begin singing songs of praise, Microsoft is bringing back the Start button! That's right, in a sneak peek at Windows 8.1, the Redmond software giant displayed the Start button's triumphant return, which at a glance is cause for celebration. Are you excited!? Well, don't be. Sorry to play with your emotions like that, but even though the Start button is making a return, clicking it only drops you right back into the modern UI. You can toss those trumpets aside and tell the chorus line to put a sock in it.
One of the arguments software pirates throw around for stealing digital content is because they can't afford the asking price. That doesn't exempt them from the moral implications of paying for versus stealing software, but what if a company was willing to let you set your own price? It's not a new concept -- there's the awesome Humble Indie Bundles, and we've seen music artists go this route, too -- but it's not something we've seen among security vendors, until now.
Psst! Hey, you there. Yes, you, the one browsing Acer's C7 Chromebook. Which would you rather have, capacity or speed? Speed, you say? Well in that case, go ahead and take that Chromebook out of your shopping cart and head over to Best Buy. It's there that you'll find the first of several planned new models in Acer's C7 Chromebook line, including an upgraded version of the $199 model you were holding.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week announced a new family of low power server processors optimized for scale-out server architectures. The Sunnyvale chip designer also attached a couple of interesting claims to its new Opteron X Series, formerly known as "Kyoto," the first of which is that these are the highest density, most power-efficient small core x86 processors ever built. The other claim has to do with how they compare to Intel's top Atom chip.
Nvidia delivers a juiced GK104 in the GeForce GTX 770
Today the embargo lifts on the second GeForce GTX 700 series GPU to be announced in a week's time; the Titan-cooled but GK104-powered GeForce GTX 770. Unlike the GTX 780 announced last week, this card does not use the monstrous GK110 GPU, but instead opts for a highly-clocked version of the GK104 chip found previously in the GTX 680, GTX 670, and GTX 660 Ti. It's the highest clocked-part of all of those cards though, and also has 7Gb/s memory instead of the 6Gb/s variety found in all the previous Kepler cards, giving it a signficant bump in memory bandwidth.