News en AMD Survey Shows Laptops Vastly Outnumber Smartphones and Tablets on College Campuses <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/laptops_0.jpg" alt="Laptops" title="Laptops" width="228" height="109" style="float: right;" />College students cherish laptops more than any other electronic device</h3> <p>Within the next year or so, there's a good chance that tablet shipments will outnumber traditional PC sales. Be that as it may, tablets are still relegated to being mostly content consumption devices, and if you want to get some real work done, you'll need a real PC. That sentiment is underscored by a <strong>new AMD survey that reveals the laptop as the most important electronic device among college students</strong>.</p> <p>Harris Poll conducted the Back-to-School Technology Usage Survey on behalf of AMD. The poll revealed that even though more than half of today's college students carry at least two devices at all times, the laptop is the most cherished piece of technology and the one that's used most often.</p> <p>Some 85 percent of those polled said they own a laptop, which outnumbered smartphone owners and was more than double the number of tablet owners. The poll asked students to rank their devices in order of importance, to which 41 percent ranked their laptop as number one, followed by their car, tablet, bicycle, and television.</p> <p>"Students expect more from their computers than ever before – they want them to be equally as good at streaming their favorite TV show as they are at crunching numbers in a math class," <a href="" target="_blank">said Gabe Gravning</a>, director of product marketing, Client Business Unit, AMD. "The processor is a pivotal part of enabling these experiences and AMD APUs are a versatile solution that offer an ideal combination of productivity and entertainment performance to handle virtually all the things today’s students need and want from their technology – including long battery life, industry-leading AMD Radeon graphics, and a smooth, sharp streaming video experience."</p> <p>Over a quarter of respondents said they'd purchase a new PC if they won $1,000, and more than two-thirds said one of their biggest fears is having their technology stop working.</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> amd college Hardware laptop mobile notebook survey News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:46:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28145 at Bell Labs Zips Past Google Fiber to Set Broadband Speed Record <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/internet_0.jpg" alt="Internet" title="Internet" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Can we get some of that 10Gbps, please?</h3> <p>Records are meant to be broken, but sometimes they're downright shattered. Case in point -- <strong>Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, just set a new broadband speed record of 10 gigabits per second</strong> using traditional copper telephone lines combined with a prototype technology that's intended to show how existing copper access networks can be used to deliver 1Gbps symmetrical ultra-broadband access services.</p> <p>The prototype technology is called XG-FAST and is an extension of technology, a new broadband standard currently being finalized by the ITU., which is expected to be commercially available in 2015, uses a frequency of 106MHz to deliver broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps over a distance of 100 meters.</p> <p>By comparison, XG-FAST uses an increased frequency range of up to 500MHz to achieve faster speeds, albeit over shorter distances. Using XG-FAST technology, Bell Labs was able to hit 1Gbps symmetrical over 70 meters on a single copper pair, and 10Gbps over 30 meters using two pairs of lines (bonding).</p> <p>"Our constant aim is to push the limits of what is possible to ‘invent the future’, with breakthroughs that are 10 times better than are possible today," <a href="" target="_blank">explains Marcus Weldon</a>, President of Bell Labs. "Our demonstration of 10Gbps over copper is a prime example: by pushing broadband technology to its limits, operators can determine how they could deliver gigabit services over their existing networks, ensuring the availability of ultra-broadband access as widely and as economically as possible."</p> <p>Interesting stuff, though Bell Labs set the record in a lab under ideal conditions. Quality of wire, crosstalk, and other factors can all affect real-world results. Nevertheless, it's pretty exciting that 10Gbps speeds are visible in the distance.</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> 10gbps alcatel-lucent bell labs broadband Internet network xg-fast News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:08:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28144 at IDC: PC Market Performed "Markedly Better" than Projected in Second Quarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_a540.jpg" alt="Lenovo A540" title="Lenovo A540" width="228" height="227" style="float: right;" />PC segment is starting to rebound</h3> <p>Earlier in the week, <a href="" target="_blank">Gartner predicted</a> a "revival" of the global PC market in 2014, and hot on the heels of that prediction, market research firm <strong>International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units</strong> in the second quarter of 2014. That represents a soft year-on-year decline of 1.7 percent, though that's "markedly better" than IDC's projected decline of 7.1 percent, the company said.</p> <p>It's the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when a surge in tablet sales disrupted the market. However, there's evidence to suggest that consumers are content with their current tablet devices, while the end of Windows XP support is prompting traditional PC upgrades in mature markets. At the same time, IDC warns not to get too excited.</p> <p>"The recent strength in mature regions is a positive sign," <a href="" target="_blank">said Loren Loverde</a>, Vice President, Worldwide PC Trackers. "However, an important part of this strength is driven by the rebound from weaker demand last year and to potentially short-term replacement activity. We can look for some recovery in emerging regions going forward, but it may coincide with slower growth in mature regions. We do not see the recent gains as a motive to raise the long-term outlook although 2014 growth could get closer to flat, rather than the May projection of -6 percent."</p> <p>Lenovo increased its lead over HP as the No. 1 PC supplier and now holds a 19.6 percent share of the market, up from 16.7 percent in the same quarter a year ago, versus HP's 18.3 percent share, up from 16.4 percent last year. Dell is in third place with a 14 percent share, followed by Acer at 8.2 percent, Asus at 6.2 percent, and all others at 33.6 percent.</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 idc pc shipments News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28143 at Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Discusses Company's Future in Open Email to Employees <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/satya_nadella_1.jpg" alt="Satya Nadella" title="Satya Nadella" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Email provides a glimpse into Microsoft's future</h3> <p>In some ways, you could argue that Microsoft's spinning in circles chasing its tail. So are a lot of companies during this transitional period into mobile, which is one that seemed to catch a number of tech firms off guard. Recognizing that Microsoft could benefit from some new blood, former CEO Steve Ballmer voluntarily stepped down and eventually handed the reins to Satya Nadella. So, what does the future hold? <strong>Nadella issued an open email to employees calling for a return to Microsoft's core</strong>.</p> <p>"More recently, we have described ourselves as a 'devices and services' company. While the devices and services description was helpful in starting our transformation, we now need to hone in on our unique strategy," Nadella said. "At our core, Microsoft is a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more."</p> <p>Nadella goes on to explain that productivity goes far beyond just documents, spreadsheets, and slides. He wants to "shift the meaning of productivity" by building brand new tools, ones that will be more predictive, personal, and helpful. Nadella also wants to ensure harmony between its cloud OS infrastructure and device OS and first-party hardware.</p> <p>In the past, there's been some doubt as to whether Microsoft will continue to promote its Xbox platform. Rest assured, "Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox," Nadella stated.</p> <p>You can read the entire email <a href="" target="_blank">here</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> microsoft productivity satya nadella Software News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:31:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28142 at Double Fine Confirms Grim Fandango Remake is Headed to PC <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/grim_fandango.jpg" alt="Grim Fandango" title="Grim Fandango" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Classic rises from the dead</h3> <p>A virtual high-five is in order for Double Fine Productions, which confirmed via Twitter and on its website that <strong>Manuel "Manny" Calavera and the rest of the gang from Grim Fandango will appear on the PC in remastered form</strong>. The remade classic will also launch to Mac and Linux, along with console exclusives PlayStation 4 and Vita. It was announced back in June that Grim Fandango would launch to Sony's game console and handheld, but until now, it was only rumored that PC platforms would also be in the mix.</p> <p>"And that’s not all, folks! All versions will be launching simultaneously, so everyone can play on day one and not have to worry about those spoilers you’ve been successfully avoiding for the past fifteen years. (Pro-tip: stay off Twitter.)," Double Fine <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> on its website.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Joystiq</em></a>, Grim Fandango's resurgence came about when Tim Schafer, the game's original product leader and founder of Double Fine Productions, found out that Adam Boyes, PlayStation VP of Publisher Relations, was poking around his old intellectual property. Schafer made a phone call to Boyes, and it was from that conversation that the idea of bringing back Grim Fandango was born.</p> <p>Grim Fandango is set in the Land of the Dead where souls of the deceased head to the Ninth Underworld. The better a person lived, the more enjoyable his or her soul's travel will be, culminating in Number Nine, a train that takes just four minutes to reach the gate of the Ninth Underworld. You play the part of Manny, a travel agent at the Department of Death.</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> Double Fine games graphic adventure grim fandango Software News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:02:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28141 at IBM to Invest $3 Billion on Semiconductor Research and Development <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/ibm_logo.jpg" alt="IBM Logo" title="IBM Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Company looking to design smaller chips</h3> <p><strong>IBM has announced its plans to invest $3 billion on Semiconductor research and development</strong> over the next five years. The purpose of this investment is to develop smaller chips by designing smaller transistors.</p> <p>Two programs will be funded that will focus on creating smaller, more powerful chips and develop semiconductor parts out of materials besides silicon. Explaining the company’s reason for the investment, IBM Research vice president of science and technology T.C. Chen told <a title="CNET" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">CNET</span></a>, “In the next 10 years, we believe there will be fundamentally new systems that are much more efficient at solving problems or solving problems that are unsolvable today.”</p> <p>To that end, IBM is looking to develop 7-nanometer technology, a goal that is three manufacturing generations away at the industry’s current pace. As to when this might happen, Chen went on to say, “We anticipate that in order to scale to 7nm and perhaps below for the industry, we will need to have the semiconductor architectures and new manufacturing tools and techniques in place by the end of the decade. That's why it is critical for us to make the significant investment now into the research and early-stage development to demonstrate what 7nm innovations will be useful, before it can even be commercialized."</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> $3 billion investment ibm T.C. Chen transistors News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:12:01 +0000 Sean D Knight 28139 at Samsung Virtual Reality Headset to be launched at IFA 2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/samsung_gear_vr.jpg" alt="Samsung Gear VR" title="Samsung Gear VR" width="200" height="132" style="float: right;" />VR headset to be used with Galaxy Smartphone</h3> <p>Samsung has been working on its own VR headset that is being developed in collaboration with Oculus VR. According to <a title="SamMobile" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">SamMobile</span></a>, <strong>Samsung’s VR device is called the Gear VR and it will be announced at IFA 2014</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Samsung has developed the Gear VR with a modular design that will allow users to connect a Galaxy device via USB 3.0. Instead of being a standalone device, like the Oculus Rift, Gear VR is devoid of sensors and will rely on a smartphone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and processing power for tracking head motion.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/samsung_gear_vr.jpg" alt="Samsung Gear VR" title="Samsung Gear VR" width="600" height="396" /></p> <p>The Gear VR, according to SamMobile's picture, will have a see-through button that will allow consumers to use the smartphone’s rear-facing camera sensor in order to receive a video feed of the outside world that is located on the right side which would negate the need to remove the VR headset in order to look around. A touchpad, located beneath the see-through button, will be used to navigate through the smartphone’s user interface.</p> <p>While the hardware is being developed by Samsung, Oculus VR is helping the company develop its software. SamMobile also claims Samsung is planning to dedicate an entire section of Samsung Apps for Gear VR and will make the Gear VR’s SDK available to developers shortly after its announcement at <a title="IFA 2014 homepage" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">IFA 2014</span></a>.</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> Gear VR samsung Samsung Gear VR virtual reality virtual reality headset News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:01:47 +0000 Sean D Knight 28138 at HGST Unveils World's First 1.8TB 10K RPM Drive <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hgst_ultrastar_c10k1800.jpg" alt="HGST Ultrastar C10K1800" title="HGST Ultrastar C10K1800" width="228" height="226" style="float: right;" />High capacity and high performance</h3> <p>No, it's not likely that you're going to pick up HGST's new 1.8TB hard drive for your build, not unless you're erecting a data center. While we've moved on to solid state drives at home, enterprise customers still have a high level of interest in certain mechanical hard drives due, in part, to the price-to-performance ratio. It's those customers that <strong>HGST is targeting with its Ultrastar C10K1800 HDD</strong>.</p> <p>The Ultrastar C10K1800 is a 2.5-inch enterprise-class drive intended for mission-critical storage applications that require 24/7 availability. In addition to a 10K RPM spindle speed, the new drive sports a next generation 12Gbps SAS interface, HGST's media cache architecture (provides up to a 2.5X boost in random write performance and 23 percent improvement in sequential performance over previous generation drives), advanced format options, improved power savings, and a host of security and encryption options.</p> <p>"Our customers continue to contend with explosive data growth, balancing disparate application loads, while needing to improve data center space and power efficiencies," <a href="" target="_blank">said Brendan Collins</a>, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "By fusing unmatched capacity with ultimate performance in the same drive, the Ultrastar C10K1800 offers the optimal balance of capacity, performance and cost. We expect our customers to use the Ultrastar C10K1800 with a complement of SSDs and 15K performance HDDs in tiered pools of storage."</p> <p>HGST has already begun shipping the <a href="" target="_blank">Ultrastar C10K10800</a>, which is being qualified by select OEMs. FIPS certified models will available in January 2015.</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> 1.8tb 10k rpm Build a PC c10k1800 data center enterprise Hard Drive Hardware HDD hgst storage ultrastar News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28137 at PC Gamer's Giving Away One Million 'Really Big Sky' Steam Keys <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pc_gamer_logo.jpg" alt="PC Gamer Logo" title="PC Gamer Logo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />The latest free game as part of a five week, five million Steam key giveaway</h3> <p>Hey, we're all sitting on a mountain of unplayed Steam games purchased through various sales, yet we can't help but add to our libraries when the deals are too good to pass up. That usually means a significant discount as part of some super summer holiday sale bonanza, but even better is what our sister sister <em>PC Gamer</em> is doing.<strong> In collaboration with Bundle Stars, <em>PC Gamer</em> is giving away five million Steam keys through a five week period</strong>. We're now in week 3, which means there are a million Steam keys for Really Big Sky up for grabs.</p> <p>Last week <em>PC Gamer</em> gave away a <a href="" target="_blank">million keys for Dino D-Day</a>, and prior to that, the five week promotion <a href="" target="_blank">kicked off with SpaceChem</a>. Now it's Really Big Sky, "a super fast, twin analogue shooter for the modern age" that's yours for the taking, at no cost!</p> <p>You'll face off against of waves of enemies, bosses, giant laser planets, blackholes, wormholes and a lot more though a dozen different game modes. And if you have an Xbox 360 controller, plug it and get blasting.</p> <p>Interested? Head over to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>PC Gamer</em> for details</a> on how to claim your key!</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> bundle stars games PC Gamer really big sky Software Steam News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:23:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28136 at Part 1 of Mod Zoo's Guide to PC Liquid Cooling [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/liquid_cooling.jpg" alt="Liquid Cooling" title="Liquid Cooling" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Choosing the right components</h3> <p>If you're not already familiar with Mnpctech, take a moment out of your day to familiarize yourself with the company. Founded 12 years ago by Bill Owen, a name you probably recognize if you've been reading <em>Maximum PC</em> for some time (check out our <a href="">interview with him</a> from earlier this year) or are into the modding scene, Mnpctech kicks out some of the most badass case mods you'll ever see. Interestingly enough, in a recent conversation with Owen, <strong>he told us he's been receiving requests for the past several years to make a video series covering the basics of water cooling with a DIY loop</strong>, so he finally went and put one together. Here's part 1.</p> <p>"As you know, there's a wide array of opinions and myths about which brand or size of components to use. I've recruited two of the most knowledgeable guys to talk about everything they learned," Owen told <em>Maximum PC</em>.</p> <p>Embedded below is the first part of the series featuring Jesse (or Captain Curry Sauce, if you prefer) and Chris (or Mosquito) from <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>. If you've already dabbled with self-contained all-in-one kits and always wanted to dive into the deep end of liquid cooling, you'll find a wealth of information here to make sure you don't sink, such as the correct way to route thinner versus thicker tubing, and much more. Check it out:</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> Bill Owen DIY hardawre liquid cooling mnpctech the mod zoo water cooling News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:12:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28135 at Don't Fret Over Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support for Windows 7 in January 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/Windows_7_Boxes.png" alt="Windows 7" title="Windows 7" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />Microsoft updates end of support deadlines for various software</h3> <p>Now that we're well into July, Microsoft felt it was a good time to update its list of products reaching end of support in the next 6 months. One entry that's gaining a lot of media attention is Windows 7. According to the list, <strong>Mainstream Support for several versions of Windows 7 will end on January 13, 2015</strong>, though that doesn't mean you need to rush out and grab a copy of Windows 8. Here's why.</p> <p>After "Mainstream Support" comes another cycle known as "Extended Support," which <a href="" target="_blank">lasts 5 years</a> (January 14, 2020) and includes "security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support." In other words, as the January 13, 2015 deadline comes and goes, it will be of little consequence to most home users.</p> <p>As for hotfixes, you'll receive those as well, as long as they're security related. It's only the non-security hotfixes that require an extended hotfix agreement, purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending. It's something for IT admins and businesses to consider, but again, nothing of relevance to home users.</p> <p>You can check out Microsoft's <a href="" target="_blank">Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ</a> for more on the differences between Mainstream Support and Extended Support.</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 support windows 7 News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 28134 at Alienware Starts Offering Nvidia's Titan Z in Aurora Desktop, Price Temporarily Discounted <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_titan_z.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX Titan Z" title="GeForce GTX Titan Z" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />When two gaming hardware worlds collide</h3> <p>Dell's Alienware Aurora gaming desktop is getting an introduction to Nvidia's mighty Titan Z graphics card, and vice versa. That's to say that <strong>you can now configure an Alienware Aurora desktop with a Titan Z graphics card</strong>, and to kick off the coming together of two powerhouses, the starting price has been temporarily reduced from $3,799 to $3,609.05, a savings just shy of $190.</p> <p>“The GeForce GTX Titan Z is a gaming monster, built to power the most extreme gaming rigs on the planet. With a massive 5760 cores, 12 GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, and the most advanced power delivery system, it’s the fastest graphics card we’ve ever made. Experience incredible speed and cool, quiet performance—all in a stunning aluminum design," Nvidia said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>A baseline configuration containing a Titan Z also includes an Intel Core i7 4820K processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 2TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 24X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. You can also upgrade your configuration just about as far as your budget allows.</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> alienware aurora Desktop Gaming graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM rigs titan z News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28130 at Microsoft Entices Last Gen Console Owners with $75 Credit to Upgrade to Xbox One <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_promotion.jpg" alt="Xbox Promotion" title="Xbox Promotion" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The upgrade pot just got sweetened</h3> <p>Are you clinging tight to your Xbox 360 console? Microsoft hopes to loosen your grip with an upgrade offer that it's been sending out to some last generation console owners in hopes that they'll upgrade to an Xbox One.<strong> For users who receive the message on their last generation console, they'll receive a $75 promotional code with the purchase of any Xbox One</strong> or Xbox One bundle.</p> <p>A screenshot of the promotion appears on a <a href="" target="_blank">forum post at <em>Neogaf</em></a>. According to the text, the code can be used for games, add-ons, movies, and more.</p> <p>Microsoft's been pulling all kinds of tricks out of its sleeve to make the Xbox One a more attractive option than the PlayStation 4. Earlier in the year, Microsoft rolled out a Xbox One with Titanfall and Kinect bundle, and more recently, the Redmond outfit has begun offering just the console itself (no Kinect sensor) for $399.</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> console Gaming Hardware microsoft Xbox 360 xbox one News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:06:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28129 at LG G Watch Rocking Android Wear Platform is Now Available <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lg_g_watch.jpg" alt="LG G Watch" title="LG G Watch" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />An always-on display keeps you in the loop</h3> <p>Device makers are banking on smartwatches being the next big thing, and while we wait for a verdict, <strong>LG has begun shipping its G Watch to a global audience</strong>. The LG G Watch is one of the first to sport Google's Android Wear platform and is the only one so far to feature a button-free design with a display that's always-on. That means you can keep up with what's happening in your connected world with a simple glance at your wrist.</p> <p>"As one of the first Android Wear devices to market, we see this as the beginning of a long-term commitment to making wearables running Android Wear a household name," <a href="" target="_blank">said Dr. Jong-seok Park</a>, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "We’re confident that once consumers see how useful and compelling LG G Watch can be, it will be integrated into their daily lives, just as smartphone have done."</p> <p>The LG G Watch utilizes a 1.65-inch IPS display with a 280x280 resolution, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC storage, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, 9-axis sensors (gyro, accelerometer, and compass), and 400mAh battery.</p> <p>You can pair the LG G Watch with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher with the Android Wear app available at Google Play. It weighs 63g, is dust and water resistant (IP67), and features interchangeable straps (can use any standard 22mm watch band).</p> <p>The LG G Watch is available now in "<a href="" target="_blank">Black Titan</a>" or "<a href="" target="_blank">White Gold</a>" for $229.</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> android wear g watch LG smartwatch Wearable News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:46:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28128 at Overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card Tops 2GHz, Sets 3DMark Record <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingpin_classified_780_ti.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Blowing past the 2GHz barrier</h3> <p><strong>A pair of renowned overclockers used an EVGA graphics card to blast through the 2GHz barrier</strong> en route to setting a new 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme world record. Vince "K|GNP|N" Lucido and Illya "Tin" Tsemenko accomplished the feat with an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card plugged into an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard and powered by an EVGA brand (what else?) power supply.</p> <p>In doing so, the overclocking duo were able to coax the GPU to run at 2,025MHz, which set a record in and of itself. At that frequency, the team completed a successful 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme run and posted a <a href="" target="_blank">record breaking score</a> of 8,793 points. Here's how it scored by category:</p> <ul> <li>Graphics Score: 9,230</li> <li>Physics Score: 20,896</li> <li>Combined Score: 3,954</li> </ul> <p>"These accomplishments once again prove EVGA's dedication to the enthusiast community, and why EVGA hardware is the number one choice for gamers and extreme overclockers," EVGA was quick to boast.</p> <p>Other parts of the record breaking configuration included an Intel Core i7 4960X processor overclocked to 5.6GHz, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3-1600 RAM, 120GB G.Skill Phoenix III SSD, and Windows 7 64-bit.</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> 3dmark Build a PC evga geforce gtx 780 ti graphics card Hardware overclocking Video Card News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:16:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 28127 at