The Chromebook may not be putting a massive dent in the consumer market when it comes to outselling OS X and Windows machines to the public, but in the business and education market Chromebooks are growing massively. In the three weeks that ended on June 7, Chromebooks were a solid 40% of all computers sold in the commercial realm.
Commercial sales include sales to businesses, schools, governments, and other organizations. Beating out Mac and Windows machines in the education environment is a big deal as that is a very coveted market for all manufacturers. The reason so much weight is placed on educational sales is that when you get users when they are young, they are more likely to stick with a platform forever.
"Chrome's unit strength ahead of this year's education buying season shows how it has become a legitimate third platform alongside Windows and Mac OS X and iOS," Stephen Baker, NPD vice president of industry analysis, says. "The next test for Chrome will clearly be the most difficult, as both Apple and Microsoft get more aggressive in pricing and deal making over the next few months", Baker says. "By the end of the third quarter we will have a much clearer picture of the long-term impact Chromebooks will have in the commercial channel".
Many people get around by train all around the world, but Japan has some of the coolest trains in the world. The Japanese bullet trains can streak down the rails at very high speeds cutting transit times significantly. A Japanese rail service called Japan Rail East has had a Ferrari designer create a very cool luxury train.
The designer creating the sleek train is Ken Okuyama and the design is called the Cruise Titan and is set to go into service in the spring of 2017. The train will hold 34 passengers and is to feature ten carriages with five suites inside. One of the suites will be a deluxe unit and the train will feature two glass walled observation cars, a dining car, and a lounge.
The train will have an observation car in the front to allow the passengers to see down the tracks in front of the train. All of the suites will have a shower and toilet with space for four people to sleep. Cruise Titan will be able to operate on electric and non-electric rails.
Jon Peddie Research, or JPR, has a new report out that sees the PC hardware market valued at a huge $21.5 billion. This figure is over twice the amount of the console gaming market, which should see people finally seeing that the PC market is just as, if not more important than the console market.
JPR Senior Analyst Ted Pollak said: "We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile. While this is also occurring in the lower-end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid- and high-range builds and upgrades by gamers". Pollak continued, saying that PC gamers simply aren't interested in gaming consoles, something he calls "pure content consumption platforms".
He added that PC gamers have no problems paying thousands of dollars for "the ability to play games at very high settings" while also having the ability to do other desktop tasks, such as content creation and video editing "with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment".
Crytek is continuing to ride this downward spiral, with the game director of Homefront: The Revolution, Hasit Zala resigning from his position at Crytek UK. Earlier this month, Crytek UK development manager Ben Harris also left the company, along with a slew of other people.
A person "connected to Crytek UK" according to Kotaku has said: "It creates a weird scenario as there are now no upper management. Everything is just continuing on a downwards spiral". Another person "connected to the studio" said "People haven't been paid for a long time".
Crytek has been maximum silence over the issues, but the cat has to get out of the bag soon enough. We're either going to see a brick wall get hit, or we're going to hear about delays on titles soon enough.
Two US government agencies have requested for comment on something it looks to build an experimental "model city" with the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) behind the request.
The FCC and NTIA want "one or more" cities built across the United States, where it would built a test area within these borders that would support "rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities". The US government isn't exactly sure on how the experimental city would be run, where it would be in the hands of the FCC and NTIA, the city itself, or by private companies who are in communication with the local government.
This is why the government is opening the doors to public comments, to gauge reaction from US citizens on this new experimental city talk.
Electronics manufacturer Vizio is best known for its affordable high-definition TVs (HDTVs), and is reportedly ready to drop its struggling PC business. The company first entered the PC market in 2012, and struggled - the company solidified its TV offering by offering low prices - but premium-priced PCs and laptops fell flat.
"Given the continued weak sales in the PC category as a whole, Vizio is revisiting its product assortment strategy," said Jim Noyd, a Vizio spokesperson, in a statement to PC World. "Additional updates will be available at a later date."
In addition to pricing miscues, Vizio tried to enter the consumer PC market as the industry began to drop. Unable to keep up with the likes of Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, and other vendors in the PC and laptop markets, it might be an appropriate time for the company to throw in the towel on its PC business.
According to some news from the BBC, NVIDIA's upcoming refreshed Shield device might be capable of playing both Android and high-end PC games. In order to play high-end PC games, the new Shield would be linked up to a GeForce-powered PC, similar to how existing Shield's currently work.
The new Shield will reportedly have a cheap controller made available as a separate add-on, something that would make it a bit more accessible to gamers. It looks like we should expect NVIDIA's more-than-capable Tegra K1 chip to be powering the new portable gaming powerhouse, with an NVIDIA spokesperson claiming that the launch will take place soon for an "awesome new gaming product".
Micron has just shown off the world's first 8Gb DDR3 memory chips, something that will pave the way for massive kits of memory. Before now, 8Gb memory chips were created by stacking together multiple 2Gb or 4Gb chips.
This new 8Gb chip will allow the company to provide cost-effective, high-capacity solutions for servers, and more. Robert Feurle, Vice President of Compute and Networking Marketing at Micron said: "The ability to scale with our customers' accelerating memory demand was a key driver in developing this 8Gb DDR3 design. We are committed to working together with our partners to minimize risk, maximize flexibility and optimize total cost of ownership".
Micron bakes these 8Gb chips onto RAM using a 25nm process, with the first commercial products to come out of the oven being 32GB DDR3 DIMMs for servers.
A US-based Oculus Rift DK2 pre-order customer had attempted to sell his Rift DK2 unit (once he received it) on eBay for $5,000 - but once the VR community saw what was going on, they contacted Oculus VR which swiftly cancelled this order.
This person claims to have made his pre-order on the morning that Oculus VR announced the Rift DK2 unit, and is based in Laguna Beach. He went to eBay to sell his pre-order for some $5,000 - but was shut down within hours. 'cyberreality' on the Oculus VR forums, who is the Community Manager for the Facebook-owned VR start up, said posted in the Oculus VR forums: "Don't worry guys. We found him and cancelled his order".
The forum exploded with praise from future Rift DK2 owners with posts such as "This was literally the highlight of my afternoon" from 'racerx2', and "AWESOME!! Thank you!" from the thread starter, 'kingzope'.
When we had confirmation that Grand Theft Auto V was coming to the PC, no release date was attached to that news. But, according to PC Gamer, the release date of Rockstar Games' open world mega smash should reach the PC master race on November 14, in Europe at least.
There is a listing on a Danish retailer's website, which has since been altered to December 31, which probably means that it could've posted the real date and has been forced to remove it, throwing up a placeholder date in the meantime. We should consider this a little more real though, as November is a big time for gaming releases since it's the holiday season and all.