Sopranos, Band of Brothers, and other HBO originals are coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video
Color us impressed with Amazon's negotiating skills. HBO has kept a tight grip on its content and doesn't care to have its shows streamed outside of its HBO Go application, which is only available to HBO subscribers, but for the first time, that's about to change. Amazon today announced it inked a content licensing agreement with HBO that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming.
Samsung on Wednesday announced that it's Galaxy Tab 4 family of tablets will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1 starting at $200. There are three different size options -- 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch, all three of which will be available to pre-order tomorrow. Though each of the three tablets features a different size display, each one has the same resolution (1280x800).
What could be Nvidia's second generation Shield console makes a benchmark run on AnTuTu
It's been a little less than nine months since Nvidia released its Shield handheld game console to the public, and while there have been software updates since then, there's already talk of a second generation model with improved hardware. While this hasn't been confirmed as the real deal, news of a Shield 2 making a benchmarking run at AnTuTu is making the rounds. Care to venture a guess about its hardware?
ARM-based chip shipments totaled 2.9 billion in Q1
AMD and Intel have their work cut out for them as both companies try to wrestle mobile market share away from ARM. To kick off the first quarter of 2014, ARM Holdings reported total revenues of $305.2 million, up 16 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. That includes a 38 percent year-on-year increase in processor licensing revenue derived from 2.9 billion ARM-based chip shipments in Q1, which itself is up 11 percent compared to last year.
Say goodbye to flickering in Titanfall when running CrossFire
AMD this week made available to download its Catalyst 14.4 driver in Release Candidate (RC) form. The release follows the launch of AMD's dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, which the Catalyst 14.4 RC drivers support. It also boasts full support for OpenGL 4.4, Mantle beta driver improvements, CrossFire fixes and enhancements, and a spattering of bug fixes, including the resolution of game flickering in Titanfall when CrossFire is enabled.
If you're a fan of NZXT's Phantom case line but tend to gravitate towards less expensive enclosures, you might be interested in the company's newest offering, the Phantom 240. NZXT's newly released Phantom 240 carries a $70 MSRP, making it the most affordable Phantom yet. It also sports a new design with a full-view window while maintaining its asymmetrical shape and comes with two FN V2 120mm case fans.
Benq's XL-Z monitors are specifically intended for FPS gamers
Holy buzzwords, Batman -- Benq is pulling out all kinds of fancy pants terms to describe its new XL-Z series of first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors. Benq says its XL-Z series monitors have begun shipping, and if you're a gamer -- particularly an FPS gamer -- the company has several reasons why you might be interested in one of its displays, starting with RevolutionEyes technology.
Netflix is planning to bump up its subscription price by up to $2 for new subscribers
On hindsight, going nearly all-in with streaming was definitely the right choice for Netflix. While the company's DVD-by-mail generated $98 million during the first quarter of 2014, Netflix's streaming revenue topped $1 billion. That's a pretty big disparity and Netflix expects the gap to widen even more each quarter. At the same time, the cost of doing business isn't getting cheaper these days, and if you're thinking about joining Netflix, do it before the price goes up.
There are at least a million and one different ways to trick out your PC. One of those ways is to individually sleeve all the wiring for your power supply. The end result looks pretty sweet, assuming you don't drive yourself insane before completing the tedious task. Like most anything else, there's an alternate path to the same end -- toss money at it. If you're willing to pay for the luxury, EVGA will now sell you individually sleeved cable sets that support all SuperNova G2 and P2 power supply series.
Only a few days remain before Microsoft closes its acquisition of Nokia's mobile business
If things had gone exactly to plan, Microsoft would have tied the knot with Nokia by now. However, red tape is sometimes sticky business, especially when it's coming from all directions. Regardless, Microsoft today announced that it's completed all the necessary steps to finalize its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business (mobile handsets and such, in other words). The transaction will be complete on Friday, April 25.