For those of you who needed another solid state drive line to consider for your next upgrade, Mushkin today added the Chronos G2 series to its family of SSDs. Part of the pitch from Mushkin is that they're designed and assembled in the U.S., while the other selling point is that the Chronos G2 line offers a high level of performance for users working with a limited budget.
Microsoft has a chance to atone for Windows 8/8.1 with Windows 10, the operating system that Windows 8 probably should have been, though things are getting off to somewhat of a rocky start. Complaints are starting to roll in that the Windows 10 Technical Preview is overstepping its bounds with the amount of information it collects, and some have even categorized the OS as a keylogger of sorts.
Bitcoin investors suffered through a stressful weekend as they sat helplessly and watched the value of the cryptocurrency drop to $286, the lowest it's been in about 11 months and representative of a nearly 20 percent drop. The highly volatile cryptocurrency has been consistently losing value since hitting a high of over $1,100 in December 2013, and though it's recovered a bit from its weekend dip, some fear the market is crashing.
The big news regarding Hewlett-Packard is that the OEM has again decided to split off its Printing and Personal Systems Group (printer and PC divisions), which is something former CEO Léo Apotheker wanted to do several years ago. However, that's not the only news related to HP. With nary a peep, the OEM just released the HP 10 Plus, a 10.1-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) tablet running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
You may recognize the Inno3D brand based on the company's collection of graphics cards. While not as popular in the U.S. as companies like EVGA and Asus, Inno3D builds video cards based on Nvidia's GPU designs, including the company's new Maxwell parts. However, Inno3D is also now a brand in the 3D printer space with the introduction of the M1, a 3D printer for consumers.
Taking a trip to 'Hawaii' just got a bit more affordable
Competition is fierce in the graphics card market, and while we've seen AMD and Nvidia duke it out with bundled game offers, it's the price wars that truly get our attention. Speaking of which, Nvidia certainly got AMD's attention when it launched Maxwell during the company's GAME24 event, which saw the release of the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 for $329 and $549, respectively (MSRPs). AMD has just responded by cutting the price of its Radeon R9 290 and 290X Hawaii cards.
Augmented reality is the key to (literally) getting in the game
Journalists are going bonkers over the idea that we're closer than ever to having our own in-home holodecks courtesy of Microsoft's RoomAlive technology, and we admit, we're excited about it too. Using augmented reality, RoomAlive has the ability to transform your living room into a video game level, which opens the door to all new kinds of game play and use case scenarios.
Opt for full disclosure in bid to goad manufacturers into taking flaw seriously
At this year’s Black Hat Conference, Security Research Labs researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell, warned of a serious flaw in USB devices that they dubbed “BadUSB.” The flaw, which can be used to reprogram otherwise harmless USB devices to wreak havoc by impersonating other USB devices (say a keyboard or a network card), remains unfixed to this day, fully living up to both its name and reputation in the two months since it first came to light. Meanwhile, two other researchers, Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson, who recently managed to reverse engineer the same firmware as the SR Labs folks, have published the attack code online.
Hewlett-Packard came extremely close to selling or spinning off its PC business during the disastrous year-long reign of CEO Léo Apotheker. It was around six months after Apotheker’s departure in September, 2011 that the then leading PC vendor finally decided to take that option off the table, opting instead for an "organizational realignment” that saw it merge its PC and printing divisions. Now it appears as though the company is ready for yet another shakeup under CEO Meg Whitman, the former eBay honcho who took over from Apotheker in 2011.
Even though everyone and their mother seems to be busy building a smartwatch at this point in time (no pun intended), this “smart” reimagining of the wristwatch has a long way to go before being accepted as a mass market product, and there is no guarantee of that happening. Nonetheless, if you have already invested in a smartwatch and are desperately looking for a respite from being constantly bothered by its troubling lack of utility, unfortunately we can't help you. But if all that you are looking for is to while away some time, you should probably try running an antediluvian operating system on it.