Razer's original Blade laptop is officially old news. That's because Razer today introduced a pair of refreshed Blade gaming notebooks, one with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display and the other with a touch-enabled QHD+ 3K IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) panel. Both models feature updated internals, including a faster CPU and GPU, though no Broadwell inside.
Leaked slide shows next generation chipsets with more PCIe lanes
It's been several years since we've seen a meaningful upgrade to PCI Express in Intel's chipsets. For the most part, budget on up to high-end motherboards have been limited to eight lanes at Gen2 speeds, though it appears that's going to change once Skylake arrives. A leaked slide posted to a Chinese-language website indicates that Intel's forthcoming 100 Series chipset for Skylake will ditch PCIe's eight Gen2 lanes for up to 20 lanes running at Gen3 speeds.
Hi! I'm happy to say that our No BS Podcast returns tomorrow!
The last podcast debuted on October 31, 2014, and since then there hasn't been an update. The good news is that the Maximum PC crew will be at it again, fresh, tomorrow! There are a good number of things we're going to be talking about, including some of the things that happened over the holidays, CES, office shenanigans, and cool changes that are happening with Maximum PC--both print and online.
With that said, we'll continue to do the podcasts in its regular schedule going forward and we'll continue making it both entertaining and informative for you.
We’ve tried HoloLens and Crescent Bay—our thoughts on both headsets
With Microsoft now entrenched in the headset realm with HoloLens, many of you might be wondering how it stacks up against Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift. After all, both are head-mounted displays. Still, while they have their similarities, they are also quite different.
The latest version of Android climbs to a 1.6 percent share
Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop to the public on November 3. 2014, but in the three months that have passed since then, it never registered a blip on the Android Developers Dashboard, until now. That's because Google doesn't list any versions with less than a 0.1 percent distribution. With the last few days, however, Android 5.0 has gone from virtually non-existent to a 1.6 percent share.
RadioShack is reportedly in talks with Sprint to sell half its stores and shutter the rest. Should the deal go through as currently being discussed, the locations acquired by Sprint would operate under the wireless carrier's name, and with the other half going out of business, a recognizable brand that's been around for almost a century would suddenly cease to exist. It would be a tragic ending, and entirely appropriate, too.
Popular torrent site is back online but short on staff
The Pirate Bay may ultimately prove an unsinkable torrent site. There have been repeated attempts to remove TPB from the web, and after Swedish authorities raided the site's servers and electronics equipment nearly two months ago, some wondered if it would ever return to form. Well, wonder no more -- TPB is back online, though not before a mutiny broke out among staff members.
If you've been on the fence about purchasing a Surface Pro 3 tablet, perhaps a price cut might help make up your mind, or so Microsoft hopes. From today until February 7 (Saturday), U.S. customers can grab a Surface Pro 3 tablet from the Microsoft Store (online or retail) for $100 off MSRP. In addition, Microsoft is throwing in a protective sleeve valued at $40 at no extra cost -- you can choose from a dozen different styles.
Faster components get baked into Raspberry Pi 2 for the same price
Sequels are rarely as good as or better than the original, though that isn't the case with the Raspberry Pi 2, a faster version of the original with the same tantalizing $35 price tag. This time around, it's been upgraded with a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (Broadcom BCM2836 SoC) offering roughly six times better performance compared to the 700MHz ARM11 part (Broadcom BCM2835 SoC) found in the Raspberry Pi Model B+.
Renowned overclocker K|NGP|N (or Kingpin, from here on out) has endorsed EVGA's latest GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, which has been "meticulously designed for the extreme overclocker." More than just lip service, this card packs a 14+3 power phase design, a new digitally controlled VRM capable of delivering up to a whopping 600A of current, and three power inputs (two 8-pin and a single 6-pin).