IRS is paying Microsoft to recieve custom XP patches after failing to upgrade in time
Microsoft put the whole world on notice that it intended to end support for Windows XP, and as the deadline came closer into view, Redmond's attempt to get users to upgrade intensified. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service ignored the warnings and watched the deadline come and go. As a result, the IRS will pay Microsoft hundreds of thousands of dollars to continue receiving out-of-retirement security patches for another year.
We had the opportunity to attend PAX East 2014 at Boston this year and the show was huge for PC gaming. As a matter of fact, besides at the Xbox booth, we didn’t see a single console in sight. In addition to many upcoming AAA PC titles like Evolve and Wolfenstein: The New Order being showcased, a whole slue of PC vendors like Intel, Nvidia, Corsair, and Cooler Master were there.
Even as rivals opt for higher res displays, Gigabyte sticks to full HD
When Nvidia launched its latest GeForce GTX 800M Series GPUs last month, Gigabyte wasted little time in announcing an entire lineup of gaming notebooks built around the new mobile graphics cards. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang found Gigabyte parading some of the new notebooks at PAX East.
HyperX recently launched a new line of memory sticks dubbed Fury for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts. To celebrate the launch of its new memory line, which offers automatic overclocking, HyperX decided to try and furiously overclock some memory at the PAX East conference for the amusement of visitors to its booth. One such witness to HyperX’s memory overclocking antics happened to be Maximum PC’s very own Jimmy Thang.
Panel discussion delves into the future of PC gaming
Our sister publication PC Gamer on Friday convened a star-studded, four-man panel at the ongoing Boston PAX East conference to discuss the future of PC gaming. The starry quartet, comprising Nvidia director of technical marketing Tom Petersen, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, PlanetSide 2 creative director Matt Higby and Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts, touched on a wide range of issues, including the prospects of streaming games and Microsoft’s role in the future of PC gaming.
Back in December, a little over a year after Linux creator Linus Torvalds famously lamented the lack of laptops with “reasonable resolution” displays, Taiwanese PC vendor MSI launched the industry’s first 3K gaming laptops in the form of the GT60 2OD-261US and 2OKWS-278US. Now, the company is all set to add another 3K notebook to its lineup. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang got up close and personal with the upcoming GS60 Ghost Pro gaming notebook at PAX East.
A 4K gaming laptop and the Aorus X7 gaming notebook
With 4K monitors on the shelves, it is only a matter of time before 4K laptops start to reach into the wallets of tech enthusiasts. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang got to see an Alienware18-inch laptop running in 4K during his Intel booth tour at Pax East.
“Facebook gives us the resources we need to develop a lot of custom hardware.”
Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang caught up with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey to talk about the Oculus Rift at this year’s PAX East. A very tired Luckey talked about the potential for virtual reality technology to replace TVs and monitors and even the acquisition by Facebook.
This board is prepped and primed to break world records
MSI is throwing extreme overclockers a mighty big bone in the form of a motherboard. The company's upcoming Z97 XPower AC mobo will feature a "Delid Die Guard" that's measured to specification and designed to protect the CPU core on processors that no longer have an integrated heat spreader (IHS). In case you're unfamiliar, the IHS is that giant metal slab that covers the top of your processor. It's there to pull heat off of the CPU core, which is then transferred to a heatsink with a bit of thermal goo in between to fill in the microscopic nooks and crannies.