Intel is turning to China to help the chip maker become a more competitive force in the mobile industry. Part of Intel's strategy is to invest up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two Chinese mobile chipmakers, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics. The investment is being made under holding company Tsinghua Unigroup, an operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Col, Ltd., a solely-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University in China.
The folks at Valve announced that its Steam Music Player is now out of beta and is available for all Steam members to enjoy. Through the Steam Music Player, you can listen to your own collection of tunes while playing games -- just use the Shift+Tab overlay. This eliminates the need to exit a full screen session or otherwise switch over to load up your songs or to control playback options.
Mockery is the sincerest form of flattery? Maybe not in this case
We like some of Acer’s products, most notable the Aspire S7 which we awarded a 9 Kick Ass in our review. Still, the company recently made some headlines for being perceived as old, cheap, and out of touch on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show. The video below shows Conan's mock Acer keynote conference, which was done shortly after Apple’s 9/9/14 event.
Asus has been winning over gamers with its Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of laptops, some of which sport aggressive designs. Others, like the new Asus G551 and G771 gaming laptops, feature a more traditional aesthetic with an emphasis on quiet cooling -- Asus describes the scheme as an "almost-silent cooling system" that efficiently removes heat with minimal fan noise.
Every so often, Amazon offers up a collection of paid apps for free, not including its daily free app. Back in July, Amazon served up 29 apps worth over $100 for free, and this time around, Amazon is giving away over two dozen Android apps worth almost $175. The highest priced app of the bunch is Merriam-Webster's Third New International Pro from Paragon Software Group. It normally sells for $59, but can be had for free for a limited time.
We know you don't come here to read Apple news, but when things are this bad in Cupertino, it's pretty tough to ignore -- it's like watching a train wreck and then trying not to tell anyone about it. The train in this case is Apple and the wreck is its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. The latest in the ongoing saga has Apple apologizing for its problematic iOS 8.0.1 update, which has caused some users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality.
Security researchers have discovered a major security bug in the Unix shell known as Bash (Bourne-again shell), one of the most commonly used utilities in Linux and one that could potentially affect a great number of Unix and Linux web servers. By exploiting the newly discovered vulnerability, an attacker can take complete control of the system and/or execute shell commands that could make a server vulnerable to even more threats.
Enter our Facebook giveaway for your chance of winning a small Gigabyte Brix Pro Minecraft PC!
We are giving away a Minecraft-themed Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi5-4570R bare-bones mini PC. This machine features a desktop quad-core 2.7GHz Core i5-4570R and a massive 128MB L4 cache that puts it above regular Haswell CPUs. To make this Brix Pro more special, Maximum PC tasked case artist Jim Sailing of Smooth Creations to give it a luxurious Creeper look. To get this mini PC up and running, all you’ll need to do is add your own SSD or hard drive, RAM and OS.
We've seen our share of colorful motherboards with loud designs that scream, "Hey, look at me!" They're typically aimed at gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts in general, and so is MSI's Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard, though it's an attention-getter for a different reason. Rather than draw eyeballs with flashing LEDs and a range of colors, MSI opted for a classy black and white scheme.
Samsung, one of the biggest participants in Google's Chromebook movement, is planning to cease all laptop sales in Europe, multiple outlets are reporting. The decision effectively ends Samsung's presence as a traditional PC player in Europe, as it doesn't sell deskop computers in the region, either. Samsung does, however, continue to sell tablet PCs and smartphones in Europe.