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.
Sony isn't taking any chances with potentially defective battery packs found in Vaio Fit 11A laptops
Sony is warning owners of Vaio Fit 11A laptops that the non-removable battery packs provided by a third party supplier could potentially present a burn hazard. In certain model Vaio Fit 11A notebooks released in February 2014, the built-in battery could malfunction and overheat, resulting in partial burns to the chassis and the PC. Since it's a non-removable battery, your only option is to stop using the PC and disconnect it from the AC adapter.
Intrigued by Google's Glass Explorer program? If so, you'll soon have your chance at owning a pair of Google's wearable device next week. Google is giving anyone and everyone living in the U.S. (and at least 18 years old) a limited time opportunity to join the Explorer Program on a first come, first served basis starting at 9 a.m. ET on April 15. It will be the first time Google has opened up the program to the general public.
An all-in-one with a screw-less chassis and modular components
In the old days, you weren't getting inside an all-in-one system without a hammer, stick of dynamite, and the full blessing of the AIO gods. Ah, but times have changed, and upgradeable AIO systems are now much more common. Acer's new Veriton Z2660G AIO falls into the upgradeable category by sporting a screw-less chassis that's easy to pop off and modular components inside.
New security measures keeps your installed Android apps in check
It's not unusual for a malicious Android app to sneak into Google Play, though they're obviously much more prevalent from third-party sources, especially from sketchy areas of the web. To help protect users from falling prey to an app's malicious intentions, Google is rolling out a new enhancement to its security scheme that will examine an app's behavior after it's been installed.
There might be something to this whole 'Internet' thing
Big media and Hollywood studios have approached streaming services like Netflix with trepidation, but if they're truly interested in lining their pockets with dollars, they may want to pay attention to where the money's at. And where is that? According to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, the Internet is where the majority of advertising revenue is going these days.
Well, that's it folks. Support for Windows XP officially ended on Tuesday, marking the end of a run that lasted nearly 13 years. Some will inevitably cling to the dead operating system, though as PC shipment data shows, many have also chosen to migrate rather than risk running an abandoned OS. As a final reminder to those who have yet to upgrade -- and perhaps as a fitting homage -- Microsoft created "Escape from XP," a fun (and free) time waster that's available to play on modern browsers.
A so-called "mega breach" can be worth as much as 50 smaller attacks
Large scale cyber attacks are on the rise, says security firm Symantec, which dubbed 2013 "Year of the Mega Breach." According to Symantec, there's a significant shift taking place in how cybercriminals operate. Rather than go in for quick hits with small rewards, cybercriminals are seeing the financial benefit in plotting bigger attacks months in advance. A single mega breach, as Symantec calls these attacks, can yield the same reward as 50 small scale attacks.
Users migrating from Windows XP helped offset weak consumer spending in the PC sector
Market research firms agree that worldwide PC shipments declined in the first quarter of 2014, which is the eighth quarter in a row of negative movement. However, there are signs that the market is starting to stabilize. It's a bit of a fuzzy picture at the moment because users migrating from Windows XP could be mucking with the trend line, but the picture should become much clearer by the end of the year.
As an alternative way to traditional remote controls in the living room, Logitech has unveiled its new Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830. The wireless K830 keyboard is expected to enhance the PC-to-TV entertainment experience for users.