News en Try Out Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview Today <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Kick Windows 10's tires for free</h3> <p>Microsoft surprised quite a few people yesterday when it <a href="" target="_blank">unveiled its next generation of Windows</a>. It wasn't that Microsoft announced a new version of Windows, but that it decided to skip over Windows 9 and go straight to Windows 10. The reason behind the decision is because the new version is the beginning of a new era for the Windows platform, so Microsoft decided it warranted a numerical skip. Curious about the new OS? <strong>If you join the Windows Insider program (free), you can download and install the Windows 10 Technical Preview today (also free)</strong>.</p> <p>"As a member of the Windows Insider community, you will have an active role in helping us build Windows 10 and be among the first to see new stuff," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc explains in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "You will automatically receive new builds as we release them with the latest features we’re experimenting with – and our freshest bugs. Some of these features may not be fully 'baked' – meaning they may not work correctly as you are seeing these features as we work on them. And there’s no guarantee that what you see will be part of the final release. But as a Windows Insider, you’ll have the ability to impact and influence those types of product decisions."</p> <p>Keep in mind that this is pre-release software you'd be dealing with, so it's probably not wise to install the Technical Preview on a mission critical system or any other rig that favors reliability. However, if you're curious about Windows 10 and want to help shape the direction it goes in, this is your chance to give it a spin and let your voice be heard.</p> <p>There's a Windows Feedback app you can use to report any issues you run into, or to simply tell Microsoft, "Hey, I don't like this feature and that feature," but hopefully with more detail than that.</p> <p>Also bear in mind that what you see today isn't the whole Windows 10 package. The final version will ship in 2015, and by then, it's likely to look and act a bit differently than what the Technical Preview portrays at this moment in time.</p> <p>All that said, if you still want to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> and follow the instructions.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft operating system OS Software technical preview windows 10 News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:34:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28648 at NVIDIA Shield 32GB LTE Gaming Tablet Now Available for $399 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_shield_1.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield tablet" title="Nvidia Shield tablet" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Double the storage and with LTE connectivity</h3> <p>For those of you who've been waiting for Nvidia to start shipping its Shield gaming tablet with 32GB of on-board storage and 4G LTE connectivity baked in, the wait is now over -- <strong>you can order the Shield 32GB LTE gaming tablet for $399</strong> direct from Nvidia's website. That's twice as much storage as the 16GB model, plus you get LTE connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi access, additions that come at a $100 premium.</p> <p>Otherwise, both Shield tablets are the same. Both versions pack an 8-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) display, Tegra K1 SoC (192 core Kepler GPU, 2.2GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU), 2GB of RAM, front-facing stereo speakers with dual bass reflex port and built-in microphone, 802.11n Wi-Fi (2x2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port, micro-SIM, 5MP front-facing camera, 5MB rear-facing camera with auto-focus, mini HDMI output, micro USB 2.0 port, microSD card slot, DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint, and various software bits, including Android KitKat.</p> <p>In addition to the tablet itself, there are some accessories available, including a wireless controller, tablet cover, an additional stylus, and an additional AC adapter.</p> <p>You can order the Shield tablet in 16GB Wi-Fi ($299) and 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE ($399) from <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia's website</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Gaming Hardware lte mobile nvidia shield tablet News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:16:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28647 at Third Place Up for Grabs in Tablet Market Share <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_tablet.jpg" alt="Samsung Tablet" title="Samsung Tablet" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack</h3> <p>It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. <strong>Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share</strong> and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.</p> <p>That would give Lenovo a 7.3 percent share of the overall market and solid footing in third place. The potential to increase its standing is particularly high with each passing quarter, as Samsung and Apple can't seem to maintain any kind of forward-moving momentum.</p> <p>Between the first and second quarters of 2014, Samsung saw a 35 percent decline, while Apple suffered a 19 percent drop. The two firms' combined share of the market slid from 72 percent to 66 percent during the same time period, ABI Research says.</p> <p>"The questionable need and longer lifecycle of tablets is creating a stall in advanced and mature markets," <a href="" target="_blank">says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor</a>. "This stall is giving other vendors the opportunity to close the prominent gap and claim third place. The dent emerging vendors are creating in the market is impressive, but continuing that success is going to be the real challenge."</p> <p>For consumers, the positive in all this intense competition is the potential for prices to drop. Alternately, price points could stay the same, but tablets could come with more features baked in as vendors try to one-up each other.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> abi research amazon apple asus Hardware lenovo mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:54:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28645 at Corsair Flash Voyager Vega Boasts USB 3.0 Connectivity in a Compact Package <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/flash_voyager_vega.jpg" alt="Corsair Flash Voyager Vega" title="Corsair Flash Voyager Vega" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Low profile storage on the go</h3> <p>You only need to bump into a standard USB thumb drive protruding from your laptop once to realize why companies make smaller alternatives. Sure, they're easier to lose, but if you've ever ruined a USB port by being clumsy, that's a tradeoff you're willing to make. There are several options, including <strong>Corsair's new Flash Voyager Vega family of ultra compact USB 3.0 flash drives</strong>.</p> <p>Slim and low profile, these new drives measure less than 5mm thin and 24mm long. Each one comes with a built-in key ring loop so that you'll only lose your flash drive as often as you misplace your keys (which may or may not be a good thing!).</p> <p>They also feature scratch-resistant hard chrome plated zinc alloy enclosures, which add a bit of aesthetic zip and ruggedness. And when you're transferring data, a discrete blue LED lights up.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Flash Voyager Vega</a> drives are available in <a href="" target="_blank">16GB</a> ($17), <a href="" target="_blank">32GB</a> ($25), and <a href="" target="_blank">64GB</a> ($45) capacities (prices are MSRP) and are backed by 5-year warranties.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/flash_voyager_vega_radio.jpg" alt="Corsair Flash Voyager Vega in Radio" title="Corsair Flash Voyager Vega in Radio" width="620" height="384" /></p> <p>What about performance? Read and write metrics aren't listed on any of the Flash Voyager Vega product pages. We've reached out to Corsair for rated performance numbers and will update this post when/if we receive a response.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> corsair flash voyager vega storage Thumb Drive USB 3.0 News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:32:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28643 at Google Offers Unlimited Drive Storage to Schools for Students and Teachers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/google_drive_logo.jpg" alt="Google Drive Logo" title="Google Drive Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Unlimited up to a point</h3> <p>In an attempt to lighten student’s loads when it comes to carrying around binders and stacks of paper, Google is hoping to get rid of all that. <strong>Google announced Drive for Education</strong> which will provide students and teachers with unlimited Drive storage.</p> <p>Available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge, Google Apps for Education project manager Ben Schrom said in a <a title="Google blog" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">blog post</span></a>, “No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.”</p> <p>In addition, Google Apps Vault will be free to all Apps for Education users sometime around the end of the year. Also coming at an undisclosed time will be reporting and editing tools that will let users see the activity of a file.</p> <p>“We want educators and students who use Google Apps for Education to be able to focus on the learning experience—not the technology that supports it,” said Schom. “With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more easily maintain a safe, effective and compliant learning environment.”</p> <p>Back in May, Google announced Classroom, a free tool in Google Apps for Education that catered to teachers with the goal of making their lives easier and more organized. &nbsp;As a part of Drive, Classroom would allow teachers to automatically organize assignments into folders. Now, it seems, Google is trying to make students' lives easier.</p> <p>So what do you think of Drive for Education?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Ben Schrom Drive for Education Google google drive Unlimited Drive storage News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:14:39 +0000 Sean D Knight 28640 at No BS Podcast #233: The Episode with SteelSeries <!--paging_filter--><h3>SteelSeries talks gaming headsets, mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, and more!</h3> <p>SteelSeries wanted to drop by to show off its latest <a title="siberia headsets" href="" target="_blank">Sibera gaming headsets</a> so we thought we would round them up in the podcast room to talk about that and more. In addition to headset talk, on <a title="no bs podcast 233" href="" target="_blank"><strong>episode 233 of the No BS Podcast</strong></a>, we discuss mechanical keyboards, wired/wireless gaming mice, the possibility of future Steam Machine peripherals, potential VR controllers, and much more.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As we’ve stated before, the old podcast format isn’t going anywhere, but we want the Maximum PC No BS Podcast to be the place where all the coolest PC industry insiders come. Are there any guests/companies that you would like to have on the show? 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That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Well, Juliet may not have cared about the name of things, but Microsoft does, which is why you'll never see a Windows 9. Instead, <strong>Microsoft today skipped a number and announced Windows 10</strong>, the OS formerly known as Threshold and the successor to Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>"Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever," Windows head Terry Myerson said during a press event with a small gathering of reporters in San Francisco. "It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Windows 10 preview video</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Recode</em></a>, Windows 10 is designed to run on a wide range of devices with screen sizes running the gamut from four inches all the up to 80 inches. Microsoft will have a single application platform with one integrated Store to deliver Windows experiences across all those devices.</p> <p>In order to serve all those devices, Windows 10 was built from the ground up for a "mobile-first, cloud-first world," Myerson added, <a href="" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>.</em></p> <p>Reports from around the web say Windows 10 looks a bit like Windows 7. It has a hybrid Start menu that combines Windows 7-era features with Windows 8 style tiles, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Seattle Times </em>reports</a>. However, Microsoft isn't viewing Windows 10 as just a rehash of previous versions. Part of the reason for the Windows 10 name is because it represents the "first step of a whole new generation of Windows," Myerson said.</p> <p>The focus right now is on the enterprise, and towards that end, the first priority of the OS is to make sure it's familiar for business users coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8 so they can hop right in and be productive. Microsoft's second priority is "modern management" of lots of computers.</p> <p>So, what about that Modern UI that caused such a fuss with power users? It's gone in Windows 10, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Endgadget</em> reports</a>. In place of the Modern UI are Live Tiles integrated into the right side of the Start menu on the Desktop. On the left side are pinned and frequent apps.</p> <p>There's also a refreshed taskbar with a new "task view" that presents all of your running apps. Windows 10 allows you to tile up to four apps on the same screen.</p> <p>Other goodies include a beefed up command prompt that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts, along with copy and paste, and a Charms Bar that may or may not make it into the final cut.</p> <p>Microsoft is planning to issue a Technical Preview of Windows 10 next week, with a launch of the OS by spring 2015. We'll have a more in-depth look once all the information is out, as well as hands-on impressions once we get a copy to play with.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28638 at Mozilla's $25 Matchstick Dongle Running Firefox OS Hits Kickstarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/matchstick.jpg" alt="Matchstick" title="Matchstick" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Chromecast competitor aims to be more open</h3> <p>Google is pitching its Chromecast device for streaming chores, Microsoft recently unveiled its Wireless Display Adapter based on Miracast technology, and now <strong>Mozilla is jumping into the fray with Matchstick, the first HDMI stick based on Firefox OS</strong>. Currently up for pledges on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Matchstick's makers hope to find an advantage over the competition by offering up a completely open hardware and software platform.</p> <p>Like Chromecast, the Matchstick dongle plugs into your HDTV or HD monitor via HDMI. It uses Wi-Fi to stream and interact with content from the Internet, such as movies, TV shows, music, games, an more. Mozilla points out that you can even use it in a conference room to stream presentations from your laptop to an HDTV.</p> <p>"Firefox OS is completely open and adaptable. It makes perfect sense for today's blurred lines of online content including video, music, gaming, and all the other stuff we click 'play' on," Mozilla says. "An open and adaptable operating system like Firefox means less cost in production, smaller installs, and more personalized apps.... Without the need for app approval or oversight. How cool is that?"</p> <p>There are no rules, limitations, or boundaries with Matchstick, so essentially developers have complete freedom in how they want to take advantage of the low-cost dongle. At launch, Mozilla promises a core set of content, including apps like Netflix, HBO Go, Pandora, and others.</p> <p>As for the hardware, Matchstick rocks a dual-core Rockship 3066 processor based on ARM's Cortex-A9 design, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 4GB of onboard storage, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.</p> <p>Intrigued? A pledge of $18 gets you a Matchstick in February with free shipping in the U.S. That's assuming the project reaches its goal -- Mozilla is hoping to raise $100,000 and has less than $90,000 to go with 29 days remaining.</p> <p>Find out more on Matchstick's <a href="" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</a> or on the <a href="" target="_blank">project's homepage</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> chromecast Dongle firefox os matchstick Mozilla streaming News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:09:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28637 at Roccat Starts Shipping Tyon Gaming Mouse <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_tyon_1.jpg" alt="Roccat Tyon" title="Roccat Tyon" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />The first PC rodent with a dorsal fin</h3> <p><strong>Roccat on Tuesday announced the global availability of its "Tyon All Action Gaming" mouse</strong> (just "Tyon" from here on out), which unlike any previous mouse you've ever owned, it brings a dorsal fin design to the LAN party. According to Roccat, the Tyon represents an evolution of the gaming mouse and is a "true game changer." In other words, the hype is strong with this one.</p> <p>The uniquely designed Tyon features several subtle design deviations from standard gaming mice. One of them is the X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more right from the Tyon. This is supposed to come in particularly hand during FPS gaming.</p> <p>Regarding the dorsal fin, it's a two-click button placed behind the mouse wheel to provide comfortable mid-finger action for increased functionality. Using it allows for rapid and instinctive control, Roccat says.</p> <p>Other featues include an 8200 DPI laser sensor, 16 programmable buttons plus a dedicated Easy-Shift[+] button, onboard 32-bit processor and 576KB of memory for rapid macro storage and execution, tracking and distance control unit, and a customizable two-level lighting system.</p> <p>The Tyon is available now for $100 MSRP online and at Best Buy.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals roccat tyon News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:01:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28636 at SteelSeries Extends Headset Portfolio with Siberia Family Starting at $60 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steelseries_sibera_headsets.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Sibera Headsets" title="SteelSeries Sibera Headsets" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Snazzy looking headsets for different types of gamers</h3> <p><strong>SteelSeries today announced the launch of its new Sibera headset family</strong> consisting of several different models. Each one takes aim at gamers (as opposed to music and movie buffs) with a variety of options and price points ranging from $60 MSRP (Sibera RAW Prism) all the way to $200 MSRP (Sibera Elite Prism), the latter of which is an an upgraded version of the Sibera Elite.</p> <p>How so? It has a new, slimmer microphone and upgraded sound card to improve clarity. SteelSeries also said the <a href="" target="_blank">Siberia Elite Prism</a> has been issued fine-tuned ear cushions for superior comfort. Other features include Dolby Headphone and Dolby Pro Logic IIx for up to a virtual 7.1-channel surround sound experience, customizable illumination and audio settings, and a swappable cable system for use across PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and mobile devices.</p> <p>Sitting below the Sibera Elite Prism is the <a href="" target="_blank">Sibera v3 Prism</a>. It runs $140 and boasts customizable lighting on the outer mesh-pattern earcups, digital audio quality with custom EQ, microphone noise suppression and auto compression technologies, and unlimited profile settings that can be saved and accessed via SteelSeries CloudSync.</p> <p>Moving down the ladder, next up is the <a href="" target="_blank">Siberia v3</a> for $100. According to SteelSeries, it has an "insanely comfortable" suspension design. As for the audio, the headset's been redesigned with a new set of drivers. The headset has a single plug along with a dual-jack extension for use on all types of gaming devices from PCs to laptops, along with mobile gadgets and consoles.</p> <p>Finally, there's the <a href="" target="_blank">Sibera RAW Prism</a> referenced above for $60. Gamers can customize and backup audio profiles, tweak the illuminated ring on each earcup with up to 16.8 million color options, and chat via the built-in microphone.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/steelseries_sibera_family.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Sibera Headset Family" title="SteelSeries Sibera Headset Family" width="620" height="229" /></p> <p>All of the new headsets are available to <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order today</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> audio elite prism headset Peripherals raw prism siberia steelseries v3 prism News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28635 at Visceral Director Confident Battlefield: Hardline 'Will Work' at Launch <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bf_hardline.jpg" alt="Battlefield Hardline" title="Battlefield Hardline" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Cross your fingers the launch goes smoother than BF4's did</h3> <p><a href="">Battlefield 4's</a> launch went about as smooth as the Andrea Gail's trip out to sea in the nonfiction book-turned-movie The Perfect Storm. Hey, at least BF4 didn't sink -- the developers eventually ironed out most of the <a href="">bugs and server issues</a>, though it's understandable that some gamers are worried about Battlefield: Hardline going through similar growing pains. There's no need to be, according to <strong>Ian Milham, creative director for Visceral Games, who says that Battlefield: Hardline is in "great shape."</strong></p> <p>Heath Hindman, a journalist for <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Game Revolution</em></a>, caught up with Milham at the Tokyo Game Show and had a short chat about the upcoming game. Hindman said he expressed concern over Hardline's ability to fully function at launch considering that BF4 had several issues.</p> <p>"What you're basically asking is, 'Is your gaming going to work?' and the answer is yes, it's gonna work," Milham said, adding that his development team began work more than a year before Battlefield 4 was released. "We've been working with the DICE guys for a long time; some of our engineering work is actually in Battlefield 4 and things they've been doing since then. It's in pretty great shape now and all that work is gonna come into what we're doing doing."</p> <p>That's not to say there won't be some hiccups. In fact, Milham readily admits that bugs are virtually unavoidable when dealing with a game as big as Hardline, especially when planning for five different platforms. However, he doesn't foresee any major issues like there were with BF4.</p> <p>"We taking shipping a working game pretty seriously," Milham said. "So yes, the game will work."</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> battlefield: hardline Electronic Arts games Software visceral News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:30:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28631 at Microsoft Founder Bill Gates is (Still) the Richest Man in America <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bill_gates_2.jpg" alt="Bill Gates" title="Bill Gates" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Software guru turned philanthropist tops Forbes 400 list for 21 years straight</h3> <p>You know the saying about how the rich get richer? Well, if going by the numbers, the saying is true -- in order to make the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, you'd need a net worth of $1.55 billion, the highest it's been since <em>Forbes</em> started tracking American wealth in 1982 (last year it required $1.3 billion to make the list). And speaking of long-term trends, <strong>Bill Gates tops the list as the richest American for the 21st year in a row</strong>.</p> <p>The Harvard dropout and co-founder of Microsoft has a net worth of $81 billion. Interestingly, his stake in the company he built into an empire accounts for less than 20 percent of his total net worth, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Forbes</em> says</a>. That stake is still lucrative, however, as he added $9 billion to his net worth last year due in part to a rise in Microsoft stock.</p> <p>Having retired from daily duties at Microsoft, Gates spends most of his time with the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation, which has given away $30 billion since 2000. If that money belonged to a single person, he or she would be the 16th wealthiest person in America.</p> <p>Some other tech figures on the list include Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison (No. 3, $50 billion), Facebook whizkid Mark Zuckerberg (No. 11, $34 billion), Google chief Larry Page (No. 13, $31.5 billion), Google co-founder Sergey Brin (No. 14, $31 billion), Amazon head Jeff Bezos (No. 15, $30.5 billion), and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (No. 18, $22,5 billion).</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (IssacMao)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Bill Gates Forbes microsoft wealth News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:50:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28630 at Samsung Throws PC Gamers a Curved LED Monitor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_sd590c.jpg" alt="Samsung SD590C" title="Samsung SD590C" width="228" height="209" style="float: right;" />A curved display with a narrow bezel</h3> <p>Display makers have been trying to sell consumers on the benefits of curved panels, hence why there are a handful of curvacious TV models to choose from. That same concept is now being applied to computer monitors -- <strong>Samsung today unveiled the SD590C, a curved monitor</strong> with a "super narrow bezel", built-in stereo speakers, and a specialized mode optimized for gaming.</p> <p>"As a leader in the display industry, Samsung is committed to pushing the envelope on both monitor design and technology to offer consumers the best experience possible," said Ron Gazzola, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The SD590C represents that vision, with a curved design that was carefully engineered to draw you into the display and truly make you feel a part of the content."</p> <p>The SD590C is a 27-inch display with Full HD 1080p 1920x1080 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 4ms response time (G2G), 60Hz refresh rate, 178 degrees viewing angle (both horizontal and vertical), and three display input options (D-sub, HDMI, and DisplayPort).</p> <p>Why bother with a curved panel? According to Samsung, curved displays offer a more enveloping experience. They're also supposed to be more comfortable for long sessions because peripheral vision clutter is reduced.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_sd590c_top.jpg" alt="Samsung SD590C Top" title="Samsung SD590C Top" width="620" height="110" /></p> <p>As for the special Game Mode, with just a single click, the monitor adjusts settings for what Samsung considers optimized play -- it will detect changes in scenes, enhance the color, alter the contrast to make the darks daker and the lights lighter, make it so that gamers can see the action at all times, and enrich the sound.</p> <p>The SD590C will be available on October 1 for $430 (MSRP).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 5d590c curved display led monitor panel samsung News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:17:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28629 at Are Touchscreen Laptops Long for this World? <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/touchscreen_laptop_0.jpg" alt="Touchscreen Laptop" title="Touchscreen Laptop" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Consumers aren't getting touchy-feely with their notebooks</h3> <p>The emergency of tablet PCs and smartphones taught everyone the value of touch computing, and with Windows 8, Microsoft tried to carry that momentum over to traditional PCs. It didn't take, or least it hasn't so far, because if it had, we'd all be owners of touchscreen monitors and touch-enabled laptops. However, it looks like that ship may have sailed for certain segments -- <strong>because demand for touchscreen laptops has been weaker than expected, vendors have reportedly stopped developing them</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and its sources within the upstream supply chain, consumers are showing a strong preference for mouse (or trackpad) and keyboard operation on laptops versus tapping at the screen (no big surprise there). In addition, smartphone and tablet demand have combined to weaken overall notebook sales, touch or otherwise.</p> <p>Since adding a touch panel adds to the production cost and carries over to the retail price, vendors feel it just doesn't make sense to continue making touch-capable laptops.</p> <p>That decision applies to traditional laptops, including Ultrabooks, gaming notebooks, and standard laptops. Vendors will still add touchscreens to 2-in-1 hybrid devices that pull double duty as tablet PCs.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware laptop mobile notebook touchscreen News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28628 at Microsoft to Open Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_store_1.jpg" alt="Microsoft Store" title="Microsoft Store" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Just a few blocks away from Apple's flagship store</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft on Monday announced that it signed a lease to open its first flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue</strong> in New York City, which will serve as the centerpiece of its Microsoft Stores experience. This is something Microsoft has wanted to do ever since it opened its first retail store back on October 22, 2009, but it had to be the "right location." As it turns out, that ideal location is only blocks away from Apple's flagship store.</p> <p>At present, there are 104 physical Microsoft retail store locations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with online stores in 189 countries. Microsoft says its footprint has grown to a scale where 80 percent of Americans are within 20 miles of a physical store location.</p> <p>"Our Fifth Avenue location will be much more than just a Microsoft Store. In addition to retail, there will be experiential space for Microsoft as a company to further engage with our customers and partners in new and innovative ways," Microsoft stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "This is an important milestone for Microsoft overall, our Stores team and millions of our current customers, as well as the millions to come. We could not be more excited to join one of the most visited streets in America."</p> <p>According to <a href=";mobile=y&amp;mod=rss_Technology" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, the Fifth Avenue location is currently home to a Fendi shop in a "glitzy shopping corridor." The average rent in the area is $2,749 per square foot -- an exorbitant price, but one that retailers are willing to pay because of the high volume of foot traffic.</p> <p>Microsoft's Fifth Avenue spot will open sometime in 2015. In the meantime, the company plans to open 10 more locations in time for this holiday season.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Dru Bloomfield)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware microsoft retail store News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:10:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28627 at