News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en Asus Injects Discrete Audio into Your Laptop with Xonar U3 Plus Dongle http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_injects_discrete_audio_your_laptop_xonar_usb_plus_dongle_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xonar_u3_plus.jpg" alt="Asus Xonar U3 Plus" title="Asus Xonar U3 Plus" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Discrete audio for the mobile road warrior</h3> <p>Unlike desktop PCs, you can't just open up your laptop and insert an audio card for discrete audio processing. However, there are USB-based solutions, including <strong>Asus' new Xonar U3 Plus, a pocket-sized USB sound solution with a built-in 150-Ohm headphone amp</strong>, DSP (digital signal processor), and other features. According to Asus, the Xonar U3 Plus is essentially a smaller version of its existing Xonar U5 and gaming-oriented U7 Echelon Edition with Sonic Radar.</p> <p>Asus says its Xonar U3 Plus solution offers an extremely low latency microphone loop for real-time audio recording and a full suite of audio enhancements, including a 10-band equalizer featuring five pre-set audio modes -- Rock, Rock Pro, Ballad Pro, and Special.</p> <p>As for rated specs:</p> <ul> <li>Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 100dB</li> <li>Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise : 0.005% (-110dB)</li> <li>Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz</li> <li>Headphone impedance: Optimized for 32~150Ω</li> <li>Interface: USB 1.1 or above bus compatible</li> <li>Sample Rate and Resolution: Up to 48KHz @ 16bit</li> <li>Connectivity: 1 x 3.5 mm jack analog out; 1 x 3.5 mm jack (Line-In/Mic-In combo); 1 x S/PDIF out (combo with analog out) </li> <li>Operating system: 1/8/7/XP(32/64bit)</li> <li>Karaoke functions: Music pitch-shifting, vocal cancellation, and microphone echo effects with stereo mix recording (Wave and Mic-in) for online Karaoke or online DJ applications</li> </ul> <p>While this is probably most convenient for notebook users, you can also use it in a desktop PC, provided you have a free USB port.</p> <p>This isn't the only product of its kind -- there are competing solutions, including Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro ($40 on <a href="http://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-x-fi-go-pro" target="_blank">Creative's website</a>). It's a cost-friendly alternative, assuming you don't have bad experiences paying with Creative's driver releases.</p> <p>No word yet on when the Xonar U3 Plus will be available or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_injects_discrete_audio_your_laptop_xonar_usb_plus_dongle_2014#comments asus audio Dongle Hardware usb xonar u3 plus News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:32:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29158 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Rumored to Release GeForce GTX 960 on January 22, 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_rumored_release_geforce_gtx_960_january_22_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_graphics_card_2.jpg" alt="Nvidia Graphics Card" title="Nvidia Graphics Card" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />A new mid-range GTX 900 Series card may be imminent</h3> <p>We expect to see quite a few product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, which runs from January 6-9. However, rumor has it one part that won't make the trip is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960 graphics card. Instead, a Chinese-language website thinks it's privy to <strong>Nvidia's plan to launch the GeForce GTX 960 on January 22, 2015</strong>.</p> <p>Credit goes to <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36625-nvidia-gtx-960-launch-date-pinned-down" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a> for the heads up from <a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gdm.or.jp%2Fvoices%2F2014%2F1220%2F97775&amp;edit-text=&amp;act=url" target="_blank"><em>Hermitage Akihabara</em></a>, which says that Nvidia is still working out the exact specifications for the forthcoming mid-range graphics card. About the only details the site has, other than the proposed launch date, is that it will sport a single 6-pin power connector and cost around 25,000 yen (~US$207).</p> <p>Based on other information from around the web, the card will feature Nvidia's Maxwell architecture with a GM206 GPU, details of which are pretty sparse. It's expected to debut with 2GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus.</p> <p>The card was initially rumored to release in October 2014, though it's <a href="http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-960-allegedly-postponed-q1-2015-due-strong-geforce-gtx-980-gtx-970-sales/" target="_blank">believed</a> that Nvidia postponed the launch because of strong sales for its GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_rumored_release_geforce_gtx_960_january_22_2015#comments Build a PC geforce gtx 960 gpu graphics card Hardware nvidia rumor Video Card News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:09:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 29157 at http://www.maximumpc.com China Cuts to the Chase, Blocks Access to Google's Gmail Service http://www.maximumpc.com/china_cuts_chase_blocks_access_googles_gmail_service_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gmail_blocked.jpg" alt="Gmail Blocked" title="Gmail Blocked" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />The next step in China's effort to block all things Google</h3> <p>After several months of service disruptions, <strong>China appears to have found a way to block access to Google's Gmail service through third-party email clients</strong>. China had already been disrupting service to Gmail for the better part of six months, though users have been able to login via third-party software. As of Friday, that was no longer the case, and Internet users in China are pretty peeved about it.</p> <p>There are still ways around the blockade, and since this is a decision that doesn't just affect access to personal email accounts, you can bet that foreign companies that use Gmail will utilize alternative methods. One way around the block is to ensure that employees have access to VPNs (virtual private networks), which allows them get passed China's censorship controls.</p> <p>This latest move joins several previous efforts to shut Google out of China, as the country already blocks many of the company's services, such as Google Search, Maps, Docs, and Drive. Earlier this year, China made it difficult to access Gmail directly, though left open access from third-party apps like Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook that use IMAP, POP, and SMTP protocols.</p> <p>"They shouldn’t have blocked Google or Gmail; it’s against the spirit of the Internet," Yuan Shengang, chief executive of Netentsec, a Beijing-based cybersecurity company, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/technology/gmail-is-blocked-in-china-after-months-of-disruption.html?_r=0" target="_blank">told <em>The New York Times</em></a>.</p> <p>China's decision will have widespread consequences that might not be immediately obvious. For example, a lecturer at Nanjing University pointed out in a blog post this is a "critical moment for many students who are currently applying for overseas universities." Since their contacts are Gmails, the inconvenience of such a blockage could prevent them from returning.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/china_cuts_chase_blocks_access_googles_gmail_service_2014#comments china email Gmail Google webmail News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:49:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 29156 at http://www.maximumpc.com Low Memory Devices Represent Majority of Windows Phone App Downloads http://www.maximumpc.com/low_memory_devices_represent_majority_windows_phone_app_downloads_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lumia_720.jpg" alt="Nokia Lumia 720" title="Nokia Lumia 720" width="228" height="194" style="float: right;" />Handy information for app developers</h3> <p>Microsoft recently revealed some interesting stats and trends about Windows and Windows Phone, and among them is a tidbit that Windows Phone app developers may want to pay attention to. As it turns, <strong>most Windows Phone app downloads come from so-called "low memory" devices</strong>. On Windows Phone 7.x devices, low memory refers to having 256MB or less of RAM, and 512MB or less on Windows Phone 8.x handsets.</p> <p>The breakdown between low memory and high memory devices accounting for downloads is 71 percent and 29 percent, respectively, according to Microsoft. Good stuff to know if you're an app developer.</p> <p>"With 71 percent of downloads now coming from low-memory devices, you can more than double your potential market by optimizing your app to run on low memory devices. If that’s not possible, consider creating a version with lower memory requirements to offer alongside your primary apps," Microsoft suggested in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/12/22/windows-and-windows-phone-store-trends-december-2014-update/" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>The Nokia Lumia 720 (Windows Phone 8 device) is currently the most popular phone in the low memory category for downloading apps in the Windows Phone ecosystem. If a developer wants to dig even further, Microsoft also released download data for specific categories, with Games proving the most popular, followed by Tools &amp; Productivity.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/low_memory_devices_represent_majority_windows_phone_app_downloads_2014#comments apps microsoft mobile smartphone windows phone News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:19:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29155 at http://www.maximumpc.com Jaasta Wants to Sell You a Dynamic E-Ink Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/jaasta_wants_sell_you_dynamic_e-ink_keyboard300 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u46168/jaasta_e-ink.png" alt="Jaasta E Ink Keyboard" title="Jaasta E Ink Keyboard" width="620" height="332" /></h3> <h3>Keys that can adapt to different applications and languages</h3> <p>We’ve already seen dynamic <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/optimus_popularis_keyboard_might_actually_ship_time" target="_blank">keyboards featuring tiny OLED or LCD screens in place of run-of-the-mill plastic keys</a>, but a new PC peripheral outfit named <a href="http://www.jaasta.com/" target="_blank">Jaasta</a> thinks that the dynamic keyboard that the world really needs is the one it is currently developing — the <strong>Jaasta Wireless E Ink Keyboard</strong>.</p> <p>The idea is simple and one that we have seen before: a keyboard with fully customizable dynamic keys that can adapt themselves to different applications and languages on the fly. There’s an e-ink screen behind each key and the keyboard packs a 3.5-inch multi-touch touchpad.</p> <p>According to the company, the keyboard will be available for pre-order soon for $300.&nbsp; However, those of you who have lately become wary of crowdfunding campaigns that promise too much and deliver too little (if anything at all), be warned that in Jaasta’s world pre-orders are the same thing as crowdfunding.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/jaasta_wants_sell_you_dynamic_e-ink_keyboard300#comments dynamic keyboard e-ink keyboard jaasta peripheral News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:12:11 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29154 at http://www.maximumpc.com Startup Turns Hundreds of Vehicles into WI-Fi Routers in Portugal http://www.maximumpc.com/startup_turns_hundreds_vehicles_wi-fi_routers_portugal600 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/veniam.png" alt="Veniam Vehicular Wi-Fi Network" title="Veniam Vehicular Wi-Fi Network" width="228" height="102" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Coming to U.S. cities soon</h3> <p>The northern Portuguese port city of Porto is now home to the <strong>largest and most advanced vehicular Wi-Fi network in the world</strong>. The network, built by a startup that originated in the city itself but is now headquartered in California, consists of over 600 wireless router-toting vehicles — buses, cars and even garbage trucks — and is <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533176/hundreds-of-portuguese-buses-and-taxis-are-also-wi-fi-routers/" target="_blank"> responsible for providing wireless internet connectivity to around 70,000 people</a> each month, who would’ve otherwise had to rely on cellular data.</p> <p>“Our on-board units endow vehicles with multi-purpose multi-network capabilities, supporting both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication using WiFi and cellular,” reads a page on the <a href="http://www.veniam.com/#products">company’s site</a>. “NetRider devices have been deployed and tested in private vehicles, taxis, buses and large trucks in rough environments. Installation is simple and convenient. In a different configuration, NetRider units operate as roadside units and wireless routers.”</p> <p>Veniam, the company behind Porto’s massive city-wide vehicular wireless network, recently raised&nbsp; $4.9 million in Series A funding and is keen on bringing this technology to U.S. cities.&nbsp; João Barros, one of the company’s founders, recently told <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/02/veniam-picks-up-4-9m-to-turn-buses-cabs-and-any-car-into-a-wi-fi-hotspot/" target="_blank">VentureBeat</a> that it plans to begin rolling out the technology across U.S. cities by having its NetRider routers fitted onboard vehicles belonging to companies that boast large fleets across multiple cities. It plans to start with San Francisco, New York City, and Austin.</p> <p>Besides providing internet access, the company’s NetRider devices (or the networks thereof) can help cities harvest some valuable data that can help them better manage everything from the health of roads to waste disposal.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Veniam</em></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/startup_turns_hundreds_vehicles_wi-fi_routers_portugal600#comments netrider porto portugal Veniam wi-fi News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:18:25 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29153 at http://www.maximumpc.com At Long Last, PlayStation Network Recovers from Lizard Squad DDoS Attack http://www.maximumpc.com/long_last_playstation_network_recovers_lizard_squad_ddos_attack300 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/psn.png" alt="PSN Outage" title="PSN Outage" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>It took nearly three days for the service to stagger back to its feet</h3> <p>Hacker group <strong>Lizard Squad took down both Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks on Christmas Day with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks</strong> that continued into the wee hours of Friday, December 26, 2014. (The attacks supposedly came to an end when the <a href="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/kim-dotcom-may-have-just-saved-holiday-gaming/" target="_blank">hackers agreed to Kim Dotcom’s offer of 3,000 free vouchers for premium Mega accounts</a> in exchange for stopping the DDoS campaign). While Microsoft was able to get its Xbox Live service back up and running on Friday itself, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), for some inexplicable reason, continued to remain offline for over two days after the DDoS campaign against it came to a halt.</p> <p>“PlayStation Network is back online. As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days,” wrote Catherine Jensen, Sony Computer Entertainment America’s vice president&nbsp; of consumer experience, in a post on the official <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/27/playstation-network-update-3/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">PlayStation blog</a>.</p> <p>Sony’s handling of the whole episode has left a lot to be desired. As if the surprisingly protracted outage wasn’t enough, the company made matters worse for itself on Saturday when it <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2863812/sony-playstation-network-is-back-online-now-really.html" target="_blank">rather prematurely announced</a> that network services were “gradually coming back online”, only to realize a few hours later that the problem had yet to be fully fixed.</p> <p>For those still having issues signing in to PSN, Sony recommends that they reboot their machine and try again.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/long_last_playstation_network_recovers_lizard_squad_ddos_attack300#comments Attack ddos Gaming kim dotcom lizard squad outage playstation network psn sony xbl xbox live News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:39:26 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29152 at http://www.maximumpc.com U.S. ISP Beats Others to 10Gbps Internet Punch http://www.maximumpc.com/us_isp_beats_others_10gbps_punch399 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/ethernet_connection.jpg" alt="10Gbps Internet" title="10Gbps Internet" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Minneapolis is now home to ‘fastest service the world has ever seen’&nbsp;</h3> <p>A couple of month back, South Korean ISP (internet service provider) SK Broadband gave those attending the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan a glimpse of its upcoming 10Gbps (gigabits per second) internet service while the rest of the world, including the U.S., looked on with envy. Well, not so fast. Minnesota-based ISP US Internet has just beaten the South Korean company to the 10Gbps punch by <strong>announcing the roll out of a 10Gbps fiber broadband service in Minneapolis.</strong></p> <p>“US Internet redefines the phrase ‘broadband internet’ with the launch of it’s new 10GB [sic: read 10Gbps] internet service available to residential and small business owners, the fastest service the world has ever seen,” the company said in a recent press release.</p> <p><a href="http://fiber.usinternet.com/fiber-in-the-news/" target="_blank">Available now for $399 per month</a>, the company’s (and the world’s) fastest internet plan comes with the promise of matching upload and download speeds that are tens of times faster than your average U.S. broadband connection.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see for how long US Internet is allowed to remain the only provider of 10Gbps internet in the world by others, with a few other companies around the world, including the notable likes of Verizon and Google, also having such high speed internet offerings on their agenda. <strong><br /></strong></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/us_isp_beats_others_10gbps_punch399#comments google fiber ISP minneapolis sk broadband us internet Verizon News Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:27:30 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29151 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Plans to Spend $550 Million Upgrading Chip Manufacturing Plant in Israel http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_plans_spend_550_million_upgrading_chip_manufacturing_plant_israel_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_6.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="123" style="float: right;" />Intel's making a major investment into Fab 28 in Kyryat Gat</h3> <p><strong>Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, will invest a further $550 million into its Fab 28 facility in Kiryat Gat</strong>, one of the most advanced chip manufacturing plants on the planet. The investment is the result of a reciprocal purchasing agreement Intel inked with the Israeli Ministry of Economy. This latest deal brings Intel's total investments in Israel to over $6 billion since 2006.</p> <p>"This new reciprocal purchasing relationship is expected to have a significant economic impact on hundreds of small and medium-sized suppliers in Israel," said Ziva Eger, newly appointed Director of the Division for Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation at the Israeli Ministry of Economy. "A reciprocal purchasing agreement is a platform leveraging public-sector spending for the benefit of the Israeli economy, both to cultivate local suppliers to compete both locally and internationally, and to brand Israel as an attractive destination for foreign investments."</p> <p>The new deal runs through 2020 and its the fourth of its kind, <a href="http://www.israel21c.org/news/intel-to-invest-550-million-in-israel-by-2020/" target="_blank">according to <em>Israel21c.org</em></a>. It's also expected to created to thousands of jobs while bolstering Israel's position as a world-leader in technology.</p> <p>Fab 28 is a high-volume manufacturing plant. It began the production of wafers on a 22nm process technology in 2012 and is <a href="http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2014/09/24/intel-fab-28/1" target="_blank">expected</a> to make next-generation 10nm chips as part of this and past investments. If everything goes perfectly, parts built on a 10nm process technology (codenamed Cannonlake) could see the light of day in 2016, followed by 7nm CPUs in 2018.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_plans_spend_550_million_upgrading_chip_manufacturing_plant_israel_2014#comments fab 28 intel Israel kyryat gat semiconductor technology News Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:02:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 29149 at http://www.maximumpc.com Will Windows 10 Spur PC Replacement Demand? http://www.maximumpc.com/will_windows_10_spur_pc_replacement_demand_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_pcs.jpg" alt="Windows 10 PCs" title="Windows 10 PCs" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />PC vendors are not sure what to expect from Windows 10</h3> <p>Trying to predict the PC market is like to trying to forecast the weather a month in advance -- it's a crapshoot, basically. So, we're taking it with several grains of salt that <strong>PC vendors are reportedly doubtful that the Windows 10 launch next year will stimulate demand for replacement systems</strong>. One reason they feel that way is because of the lingering rumor that Microsoft may make Windows 10 a free update.</p> <p>We haven't heard much on that front lately, but with Microsoft making such a big deal about the changes in Windows 10 and even skipping a number due to the massive overhaul, we'd be mildy surprised (not downright shocked) if Redmond doled it out as a free update to Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Players within the Taiwan-based supply chain point out to <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141224PD211.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a> that brand vendors usually launch new notebook models to pair with a new OS release, though they don't know if that will be the case if Microsoft does indeed make Windows 10 a free update.</p> <p>Market research firm Gartner is a bit more optimistic, or at least it was earlier in the year. Back in July, Gartner predicted that PC shipments could reach 317 million units in 2015, up from 308 million units expected to ship this year. The reason? A "revival" of the PC market due to business PC upgrades, especially as more companies replace their XP systems.</p> <p>What effect do you think Windows 10 will have on PC sales? Sound off in the comments section below!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/will_windows_10_spur_pc_replacement_demand_2014#comments Hardware microsoft operating system OS pc Software windows 10 News Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:59:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29147 at http://www.maximumpc.com Temple Run VR is Now Available for Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition http://www.maximumpc.com/temple_run_vr_now_available_samsung_gear_vr_innovator_edition_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/temple_run_vr.jpg" alt="Temple Run VR" title="Temple Run VR" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Endless runner gets a dash virtual realism</h3> <p>Remember Temple Run, the addictive endless runner that stole hours of your time, as such games are apt to do? Well, there's a new version available, and we're not talking about yet another themed release. Developer Imangi Studios announced that <strong>Temple Run VR is finished and available to play on Samsung's recently released Gear VR Innovator Edition</strong> headset. It's one of the first fully playable games for the Gear VR and it's free to download.</p> <p>Just like the non-VR version, you're an Indiana Jones wannabe who thieves an idol from what's apparently a cursed and very pissed off temple, which kicks off your endless escape across icy mountaintops in a first person perspective. Unfortunately for you, the ending is the same every time you play -- you die. However, <em>how</em> you die is at least changed up. Maybe you trip over a tree root and get caught by Arctic Demon Monkeys, or perhaps the baby's crying in the next room so you flick your character off a ledge when you should have made a hard left. Whatever, you'll end up playing it again anyway, not because the stolen idol belongs in a museum, but because we all turn into mindless zombies when playing these types of aggravatingly addictive titles (Flappy Bird, anyone?).</p> <p>Samsung released its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_releases_gear_vr_innovator_edition_200_2014">Gear VR Innovator Edition</a> earlier this month for $200. Developed in partnership with Oculus VR, the headset is intended to make use of mobile devices as a source of power and content generation. It has a 96-degree Field of View and sports gyrometer, geomagnetic, proximity, and accelerator sensors.</p> <p>To use the headset, you'll also need a Galaxy Note 4 device. It slides into the front and connects via micro USB.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and </em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/temple_run_vr_now_available_samsung_gear_vr_innovator_edition_2014#comments games Gear VR imangi studios samsung temple run vr virtual reality News Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:28:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 29146 at http://www.maximumpc.com Heads Up: Nvidia GeForce 347.09 WHQL Driver is Available to Download http://www.maximumpc.com/heads_nvidia_geforce_34709_whql_driver_available_download_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_closeup.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX 980 Closeup" title="GeForce GTX 980 Closeup" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI notebook users steer clear of this one</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today made available its latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09 WHQL</strong>, which the company claims will give users the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous. Otherwise, there's not a ton to cover in the new driver update -- it includes the usual round of 3D Vision Profile updates, along with the addition of 3D Compatibility Mode for select titles. There's also a warning.</p> <p>"GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI notebooks are not supported with this driver. With SLI enabled on these notebooks, a black screen will occur upon uninstalling this driver. To workaround this issue, disable SLI before uninstalling the driver," Nvidia states in its <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/347.09/347.09-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">release notes (PDF)</a>.</p> <p>Our advice for GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI is to stay away from the driver update unless you have a really compelling reason to install it, and give Nvidia time to work out the issue.</p> <p>As for 3D Compatibility Mode support, Nvidia gave "Excellent" ratings to Alien: Isolation, Elite: Dangerous, Escape Dead Island, and Far Cry 4, while tagging Middle-Earth - Shadow of Mordor with a "Good" rating.</p> <p>You can download the <a href="http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/80913" target="_blank">new driver here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/heads_nvidia_geforce_34709_whql_driver_available_download_2014#comments driver geforce 347.09 nvidia Software whql News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:57:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 29145 at http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA Announces Beastly SuperNova 1600W Titanium PSU http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_announces_beastly_supernova_1600w_titanium_psu <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_1600_t2.jpg" alt="EVGA SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU" title="EVGA SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />The definition of overkill</h3> <p>Looking for a power supply that can handle your monster build with juice to spare? Well, <strong>EVGA's new SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU </strong>is a good start. Rated at 1600W, EVGA's new PSU also boasts 80 Plus Titanium certification for 94 percent efficiency. It's also the highest 80 Plus certification available, the others being Platinum (92 percent), Gold (90 percent), Silver (88 percent), Bronze (85 percent), and simply Plus (80 percent), all of which represent efficiency at 50 percent load levels.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=220-T2-1600-X1" target="_blank">SuperNova 1600 T2</a> is really a PSU for the 1 percenters, in terms of the relatively few people who have the hardware that might need anything remotely close to what this unit can offer. If you're running anything less than quad-SLI/CrossFire, this is probably too much power supply.</p> <p>Assuming you can make use of it, the SuperNova 1600 T2 sports bundles of modular cables that are braided, including nine 8-pin (6+2), five 6-pin PCIe connectors, and 16 SATA connectors. It's fully modular, meaning even the 24-pin ATX and dual 8-pin (4+4) EPS cables are detachable.</p> <p>Brace yourself, as this is where we reveal the price -- it's set at $450 MSRP. To help soften the blow, EVGA includes a generous 10-year warranty.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_announces_beastly_supernova_1600w_titanium_psu#comments Build a PC evga Hardware power supply PSU supernova 1600 t2 News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:46:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 29143 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Overhauls Transparency Report, Makes Government Takedown Requests Easier to Digest http://www.maximumpc.com/google_overhauls_transparency_report_makes_government_takedown_requests_easier_digest_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_3.jpg" alt="Google" title="Google" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Google's latest transparency report has a new look</h3> <p><strong>Don't be surprised if Google's new Transparency Report for the June through December period in 2013 looks different to you, that's by design</strong>. The search giant explains in a blog post that after doing things the same way for nearly five years, it was time to give its Transparency Report an update. In addition to a new look, there are also some new features that are intended to make the information more meaningful.</p> <p>Google worked with Blue State Digital to help design a more interactive experience that allows the company to include additional information, such as explanations of its process, and to highlight stats.</p> <p>"Our Transparency Report is certainly not a comprehensive view of censorship online. However, it does provide a lens on the things that governments and courts ask us to remove, underscoring the importance of transparency around the processes governing such requests," <a href="http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.ca/2014/12/transparency-report-new-numbers-and-new.html" target="_blank">Google said</a>. "We hope that you'll take the time to explore the new report to learn more about the government removals across Google."</p> <p>From June to December 2013, Google said it received 3,105 government requests to remove 14,637 pieces of content. The top three products that governmetns requested removals of were Blogger (1,066 requests), Search (841 requests), and YouTube (765 requests). The majority of government removal requests cited defamation (38 percent) as the reason.</p> <p>You can view the <a href="http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/government/" target="_blank">new report here</a>.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_overhauls_transparency_report_makes_government_takedown_requests_easier_digest_2014#comments Google government Privacy search takedown requests transparency report News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:10:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 29142 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Tries Poaching MacBook Users with Surface Pro 3 Website http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tries_poaching_macbook_users_surface_pro_3_website_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/macbook_surface.jpg" alt="MacBook and Surface Pro 3" title="MacBook and Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />New site helps MacBook users make the switch to Surface</h3> <p>Microsoft wasn't so brazen as to post a website trying to lure MacBook users to its original Surface products, including the Surface RT, a particularly forgettable product. But with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has hit a groove and come out with a product that, for some, is a tablet that can truly replace their laptop. With its new-found confidence, <strong>Microsoft has gone gunning for MacBook users with a new website to help them make the switch to Surface Pro 3</strong>.</p> <p>"Computers, and the memories you keep within them, are incredibly personal. We know moving these memories from one platform to another can be nerve-racking and learning new software can seem daunting. We want to make the transition as easy as possible. If you currently have a Mac and have questions about switching to Surface Pro 3 and Windows, we designed this site to help get you started," Microsoft explains on its <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/switch/mac-surface" target="_blank">new site</a>.</p> <p>Will it work? Time will tell, though the answer will depend in part on how MacBook users (and the populace in general) views the site. <a href="http://www.modernreaders.com/microsoft-guns-for-macbook-deserters-with-new-surface-pro-3-site/16731/ed-jones" target="_blank"><em>Modern Readers</em></a> referred to the site as "teeth-clenchingly annoying" and "not patronizing at all...nope...not a bit," the latter an obviously sarcastic observation.</p> <p>There are four sections:</p> <ol> <li>Getting started with Windows</li> <li>Surface Pro 3 for MacBook users</li> <li>Moving your content to Surface Pro 3</li> <li>Using Surface Pro 3 with iPhone, iCloud, and iTunes</li> </ol> <p>The second section might be the most helpful for a Mac users who isn't familiar with Windows, as it lays out a bunch of "how-to" tasks.</p> <p>Microsoft stated in its most recent earnings report that sales of its Surface tablets more than doubled year-over-year and also sequentially to $908 million. According to Microsoft, the reason for the surge in sales is due to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises for Surface Pro 3." That's a far cry from the Surface RT days when Microsoft was stuck holding onto <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_failed_surface_rt_strategy_leads_900_million_charge_unsold_inventory">$900 million</a> worth of unsold inventory.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tries_poaching_macbook_users_surface_pro_3_website_2014#comments Hardware laptop macbook microsoft notebook surface pro 3 tablet News Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:45:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 29141 at http://www.maximumpc.com