Microsoft just can’t seem to keep a secret these days.
Microsoft has a security problem, and as a website devoted to PC technology we have absolutely no problem with that. Two new leaked builds of Windows 8.1 (Blue) have emerged online, and we've had a chance to check out what’s changed. Experts with inside sources at Microsoft have confirmed that these leaks are still not feature complete, but with a public preview expected sometime in June, we won’t have to wait much longer. So what’s new? Hit the jump to find out.
Never Heard of Inhon? Don’t be embarrassed, neither had we.
Inhon might not be a household name when it comes to Notebooks, but they sure have pulled off something impressive. This small Taiwanese based computer maker is officially announcing the Blade 13 Carbon laptop, and its form factor propels Apple Macbook Air well into the chubby category. The even better news? It does it all at a similar price point, and with more impressive internal components.
This week on TechRadar, we reviewed the the HTC First, aka the Facebook phone. This is the device that's debuting Facebook Home, which turns your Android lock screen into a rolling news feed. Underneath that however, there's a stock version of Jelly Bean. Basically, the Facebook phone isn't half bad, as long as you dial back all that Facebook. Come check out all our new reviews.
Some lucky gamers in the U.K. received a massive discount on Razer peripherals.
Razer today issued a statement via email in regards to a leaked 90 percent off coupon code for its U.K. portal that went viral, resulting in thousands of orders being placed in the span of just a couple of hours. This wasn't an authorized or approved coupon code, but one that was generated by a third party in order to test the site's shopping cart. Even so, Razer said it will honor the discounted orders that were placed.
A U.S. judge ordered Cody Kretsinger, otherwise known as "Recursion" by his LulzSec cohorts, to serve a year and one day in prison after the hacker pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to an organized breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment last year. As part of Kretsinger's plea bargain, the 25-year-old is also required to perform 1,000 hours of community service, pay Sony $605,663 in restitution, and serve a period of home detention following his time behind bars.
Restructuring efforts are paying off for AMD as the PC market transitions to mobile.
Go ahead and fire up Survivor by Destiny's Child and fast forward to the chorus, as there may not be a more appropriate string of lyrics to describe the attitude at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). With the PC market making a mad dash towards mobile devices and system sales down in general, AMD somehow managed to trim losses in Q1 2013 by about $444 million compared to the same quarter a year ago, beating out expectations in the process.
Crysis-themed rig comes equipped with Maingear F131 case, i7-3770K, and two Radeon HD 7970s
Everybody loves tent-pole releases like Crysis 3. Not only does it mean more shooty fun in the post-apocalyptic ruins of the greatest city in the world, but in this case it also means you might win a totally sweet Crysis-themed Maingear gaming rig courtesy of AMD. This choice system is stocked with bad ass componentry, and includes the following hardware:
Case: Maingear F131 with VRTX Cooling Technology, black brushed aluminum and a SilenX 15dB Fan Package (2x120mm, 2x80mm) affixed with artwork from the Crysis 3 game
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So much for not throwing stones from within a glass house.
Microsoft may seem destined to launch its own brand Surface Phone, and though it's possible the company eventually will, there are no immediate plans, said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Redmond's Windows Phone Division, at AllThingD's Dive Into Mobile conference earlier this week. Fair enough, but it was Myerson' comments about competing mobile platforms that we found most interesting.
We build a machine that’s red and black to hopefully beat our benchmarks black and blue
The Mission Variety is the spice of the Lab, so this month we decided to eschew our traditional builds and go with one you don’t see every day—an all-AMD computer, built with (most of) the best parts we could get our hands on. We’re sure some of you will question the purpose of this build, so our pre-emptive answer is we built it because we could, and we were curious to see how a balls-out AMD build would benchmark, as we haven’t seen over-the-top AMD rig since The Matrix: Revolutions let us down. Plus, everyone is always ragging on us for ignoring AMD, so here you go AMD enthusiasts—an entire PC built just for you.
Note: This article was originally featured in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Boutique builder Puget Systems put its penchant for building whisper quiet PCs to the test by attempting to silence its Genesis II workstation featuring a pair of Intel Xeon E5 processors. No small task considering the system's waving around some high-end hardware, though Puget claims it was successful in piecing together what it considers the "most powerful quiet PC" it's ever built.