The popularity of Windows 8 is growing and Microsoft knows this, their new tablet-orientated OS will power a bunch of tablets in 2012 and it seems as though Microsoft might have their own branded tablet that competes with tablet makers who are using Windows 8.
Apple and Google are the current juggernauts of the mobile industry with some damn good OSs on the market, Microsoft are obviously envious of this and are looking to copy their branding strategy from product lines such as the Xbox 360, Zune, Kin smartphone and TV in order to compete in the tablet PC segment. Microsoft have to be careful though, out of those product lines the only one that is truly successful is the Xbox 360, the other products all had unsatisfactory performance.
After it's all said and done, Microsoft are still looking to launch their own-brand tablet PC and will proceed with a low profile.
Our latest poll wasn't running long, but we had over 500 people who answered, What will be hot at Computex Taipei 2011?
Without too much surprise and in somewhat of a repeat of Computex 2010, the show was dominated mostly by tablets as the big ticket news items. 25% of you predicted correctly.
Next up CPUs got second place followed up very closely with SSDs with 16% of the votes. Not far behind also was motherboards with 15% of the votes.
AMD were a little quiet last week at Computex when it came to replacing their Phenom II line of CPUs, but it seems they've made a bit of noise at E3. AMD have actually now setup a page for the new FX series CPUs that we've known are a part of the Bulldozer platform for some months now.
Unfortunately the closest thing to an actual release date is "Coming Soon." Well, hopefully that's sooner rather than later.
Before the new FX series CPU hit our labs we'll see Llano first, the latest APU from AMD which is a step above the E series Brazos platform. AMD is doing a great job at that low to mid-range segment, but the question of how they will do at the upper echelon still hasn't been answered. It's "Coming Soon", though.
Make sure you head on over to the new AMD FX Processor page to see what's going on.
Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.11.256.
Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!
Processor brand and model
Hard drive size and speed
Amount of memory (RAM)
At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.
If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N550 (Refurbished) - $23.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great price on this refurbed Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N550. It's a padded laptop base with built-in speakers. It is designed for laptops 14" and smaller.
Use coupon code: logi_n550_6611 for $36 off. Expires 06/09/2011.
E3 2011 - Last week was surely Call of Duty week with the announcement of the paid service of Call of Duty Elite, but this week is a different week and E3 is the current flavor and Battlefield 3 is the beautiful, amazing topping. There's so much Battlefield 3 news I thought I'd dedicate an entire write up on it - sit back, relax and enjoy the mountain of information I'm about to expel. Battlefield 3 has been shown off at E3 to much applause, it is powered by a next-gen engine dubbed Frostbite 2, is centered and created on PC first and scaled down to consoles - a first for games of the last 5 - 6 years where we've seen development on consoles and a simple port with bells and whistles on for the PC.
All BF3 videos thus far have been gameplay videos on PC, not consoles - no console videos have been shown yet. Battlefield 3 will feature a change in classes, nothing huge but it's definitely a change from Bad Company 2. Remember, Battlefield 3 is a sequel to the PC-only Battlefield 2, it is not a sequel to the multi-platform Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
E3 2011 - Microsoft are calling all racing enthusiasts by releasing a new wireless gaming peripheral in the form of the Wireless Speed Wheel for the Xbox 360. The Wireless Speed Wheel launches in October and is a completely wireless controller, controlled intuitively with precise steering, standard controller buttons/triggers and haptic feedback with rumble. The device is compatible with all racing games right out of the box (with some limited functionality in games).
It will have a pricing of AUD$59.95 RRP and will ship to retailers worldwide beginning September 26, 2011. It includes trigger buttons for gas and break, with the rumble function providing immersion beyond current controllers. The new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel balances the realism of a real wheel with the feel and ease-of-use of a controller for great user edge in game play.
E3 2011 - That title is rockin', if I may say so myself. Next order of business? Nintendo's next-gen console announcement! As the dust settles from various Microsoft and Sony announcements, sans-next-gen consoles (BOO), Nintendo walk out of the rubble, dust and glare with their next-gen console, previously codenamed "Project Cafe". Wii U. Nintendo's Wii U is their next-gen console ready to change things up.
Nintendo changed things up with their motion-based controllers with the Wii, but now they've kicked it up a notch, or twenty. Included is a tablet-based 6.2-inch touch screen controller which has the usual array of buttons inclusive of a d-pad, four face buttons, four shoulder triggers, a power button and a camera. The controller features two analog sliders at the top of the controller versus the traditional sticks. IGN reports after a hands-on that it is remarkably light for its side, given that it's quite large for a controller.
E3 2011 - E3 is not just about games, but graphics that power them also require cooling, this is where the teams at PNY and Asetek have teamed up to provide consumers with a high-end Liquid Cooled Graphics solutions that is geared towards gaming enthusiasts. Enter the XLR8 GeForce GTX liquid cooled graphics system with a combination GPU/CPU version available as well.
Engineered with a closed loop system and built with an Asetek sealed water cooler already attached, it gives PNY the great pleasure of offering consumers and out-of-the-box ready, simple to install and reliable product. Not to mention, much cooler than traditional cooling systems. This new cooling solution delivers up to 30-percent cooler temperatures, quieter acoustics and faster performance versus the stock reference designed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580.
Google have today released a new stable release of Chrome which they say brings improvements in security, privacy and graphics to the 160 million Chrome users. Chrome is now more secure thanks to enhancements that Google have made to their Safe Browsing technology. In addition to protecting users from certain malware and phishing websites, Chrome now warns you before downloading some types of malicious files.
Google have also added more control over the data that websites store on your computer through Chrome. Included is Flash Player's Local Shared Objects (LSOs) which were previously only manageable using an online settings application on Adobe's website. Google have worked with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Chrome which makes it easier to manage your online privacy.