Gabe Newell's a busy man. It comes with the territory of managing Valve, a massive company with billions of dollars in equity. He's also personable and surprisingly accessible for someone in his position, as a Steam user in need of support recently found out. After submitting a support request to Steam and not receiving a response in a week's time, the user figured he had nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting Newell himself. He was right.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed his plans this week under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is a huge win for everyone—except the providers of course. There's no doubt in my mind right now that the providers are spending millions to scour the world for the very best lawyers so they can fight this move into the ground. It'll be a battle of epic proportions.
World's thinnest silicon material could lead to faster significantly faster computer chips
It's not quite the Holy Grail of computing, though the creation of a silicene transistor has researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering giddy because it's never been done before. In fact, human-made silicene was just a theoretical material up until seven years ago due to its complexity and instability when exposed to air. Now we have the first silicene transistor, and with it comes the potential for far faster and more energy efficient computer chips.
Twitter will begin aggressively booting trolls and abusers
It's no secret that Twitter is a haven for trolls. You know it, we know it, and even Twitter CEO Disk Costolo knows it. The question is, will the company ever do anything about it? It appears so -- in a heartfelt memo to employees, Costolo held himself accountable for the level of trolling and abuse that takes place on Twitter on a daily basis. He used words like "ashamed" and "embarrassed" to describe how he feels, calling the situation a "truth" that needs to be dealt with, and he intends to do just that.
We also formally introduce new Maximum PC Editor-in-Chief Tuan Nguyen
Yes, we know we’ve been away from the podcast room for quite some time, but hopefully episode 236 makes up for most of the delay. We talk about a bunch of interesting things in the show, including HoloLens, Windows 10, CES 2015, and the recent GeForce GTX 970 RAM issues. And we (finally!) formally introduce Maximum PC’s new Editor-in-Chief Tuan Nguyen.
For all intents and purposes, Windows RT is finally dead. That was actually true a week ago when Microsoft discontinued its Surface 2 tablets, thereby removing life support from Windows RT. But now that Microsoft announced it's no longer producing Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets, it's okay to write Windows RT's obituary -- this is, after all, the final nail in the coffin of an OS that died a slow and uneventful death.
Are you rocking a copy of the Windows 10 Technical Preview? If so, you can kick the tires on three of Microsoft's Universal Office apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. All three are immediately available to download in the new Windows Store beta, which you can gain access to if you've joined the Microsoft Windows Insider program (and if not, go here to become one), just as Microsoft promised they would be.
The war over net neutrality isn't over, but it did just swing somewhat in favor of those who support a level playing field, one that's devoid of paid fast lanes. Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), confirmed today that he wants to reclassify and regulate the Internet as a public utility under Title II, a section of the Communications Act of 1934.
Over the past few years, mechanical keyboards have surged in popularity, expanding a category that was once defined by just a handful of models to one that's beginning to overflow with options. And we're not complaining. An interesting side effect of this growing popularity is a desire by manufacturers to make their keyboards stand out from one other. Tt eSports (a division of Thermaltake) has chosen to do that with its Poseidon Z Forged mechanical plank by giving it an aluminum faceplate.
If you're a regular reader of Maximum PC, then a name you're likely to remember is Backblaze, a cloud-based backup firm that routinely shares its data about hard drive failures and various operations. The level of openness is pretty rare, as not too many companies offer the same level of transparency -- Puget Systems comes to mind -- and even fewer would splash the Internet with raw data. Well, that's what Backblaze just did, offering up raw data collected from more than 41,000 disk drives in its data center.