Before confirming the order, a buyer found out that Dell was charging an amount to install a free and open source web browser 'Firefox'. It was found that the PC builder has an option to install Mozilla Firefox on behalf of the buyer for a new PC if the buyer agrees to pay £16.25. Dell even put this as an option to select in its 'additional software' pre-purchase custom options selection list.
The Mozilla Foundation has started investigating once they've received this report. The company behind Firefox said that they are consulting with legal teams, though the process is in a very early stage.
When I had my old Intel Pentium II system, I was quite content playing the Quake and Unreal titles at the time, but I never once thought of cooking up some fries with my system.
Well, a KitGuru reader did just that with his old Pentium II system, where he cooked french fries in oil using the head generated by his ageing CPU. I don't know how healthy this would be, so we don't recommend doing it at home, but it has to be a first for me - seeing someone put their system into a baking tray and cooking a meal using the heat generated from their computer.
HP's Q1 2013 fiscal reports pointed that its PC business has witnessed a growth after seven quarters.
The PC group business witnessed a growth of 8.5 billion in revenue which reflects 4% in comparison with the previous year. HP's CEO Meg Whitman remains positive that people will be more inclined to shift to a new PC rather than a tablet. She said,"While employees may want a tablet, they also need more traditional compute devices to do their real work."
A researcher was caught using Havard's Odyssey cluster of 14,000 cores that's usually meant for researching new clean energy methods for mining dogecoins.
The assistant dean for Research Computing, James Cuff, sent an email to the rest of the researchers with a message that "Odyssey and Research Computing resources can not be used for any personal or private gain or any non research related activity. Accordingly, any participation in "Klondike" style digital mining operations or contests for profit requiring Harvard owned assets to examine digital currency key strength and length are strictly prohibited for fairly obvious reasons. In fact, any activities using our shared resources for any non scientific purpose that results or does not actually result in personal gain are also clearly and explicitly denied."
Dell joins the Alliance for Wireless Power, short for A4WP, making this as the first biggest PC maker in the world to join an initiative to adopt a wireless charging standard.
Other members of A4WP are Intel, Samsung, LG, SanDisk and other names, but Dell is the first PC maker to join the group. A4WP's primary goal is standardize Rezence, a wireless power transfer method that uses near-field magnetic tech which has the ability to charge multiple device at the same time.
Today, CyberpowerPC announced the launch of a new series of PC gaming systems that are built around NVIDIA's newest GPU's; the GeForce GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti, and the massive new flagship GTX Titan Black. CyberpowerPC says that beginning today, its customers can add these new GPUs to high-performance rigs such as the new Zeus Mini small form factor series, Zeus EVO, and Fang III systems.
"For CYBERPOWERPC customers looking for the perfect balance of performance, sleek design and groundbreaking technologies the GeForce GTX TITAN Black edition is a masterpiece in design and engineering. The new Black edition increases performance by 15 percent while retaining the whisper-quiet acoustics and cool thermals. Any CYBERPOWERRPC system built with this GPU can power your most extreme games, and even 4K and multiple monitors at 25 x 16, with high-speed double precision and 6 GB of frame buffer memory," the company said in a release. CyberpowerPC says that systems featuring the GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti and GTX Titan Black edition start at $649, $699, and $1749 respectively.
Following this mornings announcement from NVIDIA, boutique PC builder, Digital Storm, has announced that it now offers all three of NVIDIA's new discrete graphics solutions in its line of custom gaming PCs. Digital Storm is offering both the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, as a low-cost HD gaming solution to lineup. If Ultra-HD 4k gaming is more your style, Digital Storm is also offering NVIDIA's new flagship, the GeForce GTX Titan Black, the world's fastest GPU.
"HD gaming is the new standard and Ultra HD is not far behind with 4K displays already available for $800," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "This is an exciting time for gamers and we're thrilled to incorporate NVIDIA's new cards into our systems to deliver the stunning graphics and advanced gaming experience our customers demand."
Quickly following in the footsteps of Dell and ASUS, HP has just announced its first Chromebox. The device is not slated for release until the spring, and is designed for use almost anywhere a compact computer might be needed. One of its biggest features is compatibility with Google's Chromebox for meetings video conferencing system, as well as media streaming to your home theater.
The HP Chromebox is not the slouch you might expect from a Chrome device either, and runs an Intel i7 Haswell CPU, as well as 4GB of RAM. The Device is capable of streaming 1080p video thanks to an HDMI port as well. Other features include a VESA Mount, four USB 3.0 ports, and Bluetooth 4.0. The HP Chromebox comes in three different colors and measures in at just 5-inches square. No pricing information has been released yet, but we do expect it to retail for over $299 thanks to the i7 addition.
Google recently launched an effort to help businesses make it easier to brainstorm and collaborate in meetings, using Chromebox for Meetings to combine Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in the built-in Chromebox.
Based on the Intel Core i7 CPU, the Chromebox also includes an HD camera, microphone and speaker unit controllable by remote control - and is seamless, eliminating the need for dial-in phone numbers and passcodes. Google is internally using the system to not only test it out, but continue to be aware of future changes that can be made to further improve user experience.
For businesses trying to host more interactive meetings, the Chromebox for Meetings system costs $999 and is free for the first year - businesses must then pay a $250 charge per year for access. The system is available now.
New software technologies continues to revolutionize how employees interact with each other, as Google, Microsoft, and other companies create new generation audio, text, and video-based conferencing solutions.
ASUS has just announced the Chromebox, a small NUC-like compact PC that features Chrome OS. ASUS' Chromebox features deeply integrated Google services thanks to Google's OS, as well as access the popular services such as YouTube, Netflix and Hulu.
The company has used Intel's fourth-generation Core or "Haswell" processors, the latest 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi tech, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and SD card reader. As for display outputs, we have HDMI and DisplayPort, which will drive 4K or Ultra HD displays. A nice touch for something that starts off at just $179.
There will be three CPUs on offer depending on the market you're based in, the Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, or Core i7-4600U. It'll come with 2GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, but can be optioned with 4GB of RAM. For storage, we have 16GB of built-in M.2 NGFF storage, backed up by 100GB of free Google Drive storage (which is for a limited time).
Back in September the internet was set abuzz with rumors of a new NUC from Intel that features the company's Bay Trail technology, and today the new Bay Trail NUC is finally available for retail sales in the US. At the moment, AVA Direct appears to be the only retailer selling the device though.
The new DN2820FYKH barebones kit is based on Intel's micro NUC chassis design and features a Celeron N2820 processor with dual Silvermont cores clocked in at 2.4GHz. The devices GPU clock is set at 756MHz as well making it much faster than the Atom-based NUCs currently on the market. Users will need to add their own RAM (up to 8GB is supported) via a single SO-DIMM slot, as well as wireless card via a single PCIE slot. Users will also have to bring their own storage to the party with drives up to 9.5-mm thick being supported.
Today ZOTAC announced the launch of its ZBOX Nano series of mini-PCs featuring Intel "Haswell" 4th Generation Core processors. The new ZBOX ID68 and ZBOX ID69 series mini-PCs feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology and take palm-sized computing to new levels.
"Users that want a taste of Intel Turbo Boost technology can opt for the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID68 series with a high-performance Intel Core i5 4200U that can turbo boost up to 2.6 GHz," Zotac said in a release. "Demanding users that require the best performance available from the compact form factor can step up to the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID69 series with an Intel Core i7 4500U processor that turbo boosts up to 3.0 GHz."
Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo will purchase IBM's lower-end x86 server unit for $2.3 billion after months of continued negotiations on both sides. The deal, once approved by U.S. government regulators, will give IBM the ability to focus on software and IT services.
IBM will continue to manufacture higher-end servers, and remains the No. 2 server manufacturer, trailing only behind Hewlett-Packard.
"This acquisition demonstrates our willingness to invest in businesses that can help fuel profitable growth and extend our PC Plus strategy," said Yang Yuanging, Lenovo CEO, in a statement. "With the right strategy, great execution, continued innovation and a clear commitment to the x86 industry, we are confident that we can grow this business successfully for the long-term, just as we have done with our worldwide PC business.
Lenovo, the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, has struggled to compete against HP, Dell, and other manufacturers in the server market. The Chinese manufacturer wants to shift focus to the server market, where profit margins are higher than the regular PC and notebook business.
Alienware has confirmed that it will be releasing new Steam Machines each year, because of the lack of upgrade options on its SteamOS-powered console. Frank Azor, Alienware's General Manager, talked with TrustedReviews, where he said: "Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year."
The Dell-owned company won't let you upgrade its Steam Machines, with Azor stating: "There will be no customisation options, you can't really update it." He did add: "The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive."
There will be some configuration options for customers upon purchase, but there will be no upgrades after. Azor states: "There will be some configuration options when you purchase it, maybe you can get a faster CPU, maybe some more memory something like that. If you actually want to customise your Alienware Steam Machine, maybe change your video card out or put in a new CPU, you would be better off with the standard Alienware X51. This particular product is restricted in its upgrade options."
During a recent Reddit AMA, Valve god Gabe Newell had something interesting to say about Steam Machines, and EA's Origin service. "We're trying to make it as open as possible," said Newell, continuing: "If EA wants to put Origin on it, that would be fine, etc... (trying to pick an example of something that people think we would prohibit)."
One of the big hurdles of Steam Machines in the market, would be to cut themselves off from the world, and not accept competitors' digital distribution or gaming services on its devices. But as we can see here, Newell is all for it - a totally open platform.
I think we're seeing the beginning of something very special here, a true living room PC. All we need are some awesome games like Half-Life 3, Team Fortress 3, Left 4 Dead 3 and more, and we'll be in gaming heaven.
When Valve first announced that it was working with OEM partners to develop a full range of Linux-based gaming devices called Steam Machines, great emphasis was placed on the fact that the devices were to be PC based and fully upgradeable. Unfortunately today we are seeing the first major OEM break away from this philosophy and built their Steam Machine devices similar to current console construction.
Alienware has long been known for its high-end gaming PCs and while overpriced in some opinions, the company's wares have always been fully upgradeable. Today, Frank Azor, Alienware's general manager said in an interview that "There will be no customization options, you can't really update it." This means that Alienware's Steam Machines are most likely being built with AMD APUs or custom GPU solutions that are hard mounted to the motherboard, much like how Microsoft and Sony are doing with the next-gen consoles. Personally I feel that this will ultimately hurt Alienware in the longrun, as the main appeal to a Steam Machine is its upgradeability.
The new Commander PC is a serious beast with our updated specifications, including a GeForce GTX 780 GPU, and virtually all Corsair parts to ensure quality, reliability, and warranty. A 27-inch monitor is used for displaying all this goodness, while some Logitech speakers will provide the audio side of things.
Intel is in dire need of mobile success in 2014, as its Atom chips are slowly making their way to a wider variety of tablets. The mobile market continues to cannibalize the PC industry, with many consumers and businesses hanging onto computers that are a few years older.
Intel has already made a shift to incorporate Google Android support along with Microsoft Windows, according to CEO Brian Krzanich, with a focus on smartphones and tablets. To entice OEMs to jump onboard, Intel has already offered to pay tablet manufacturers to choose Intel's Bay Trail architecture instead of ARM processors, including an offer to pay a portion of engineering costs.
The company has announced it will cut 5 percent of its workforce in 2014, so around 5,000 employees will be released. The announcement followed Intel's financial results, which indicated the company still is having trouble moving beyond the sluggish PC industry, as the Silicon Valley company struggles to go mobile.
It should be obvious by now, but Valve will not be allowing any of its partners to ship their Steam Machines until it has its SteamOS and Steam Controller ready to go.
The news comes courtesy of an interview with iBuyPower's Marketing Manager, Ricky Lee, on Slashgear. Valve states: "In very simple terms, you need a license to redistribute our proprietary Steam Client, whether on its own or whether as part of SteamOS, and you need a license to use any of our trademarks in a commercial context. That includes, without limitation, using the Steam symbol and terms like Steam, SteamOS and Steam Machine in any of your commercial communication, whether from product design, advertising or PR. And unless you are a licensee, you should not publicly suggest any connection to Valve or Steam."
This means that no matter what company wants to launch a Steam Machine, even if it wanted to launch one tomorrow, it cannot without the complete approval of Valve. This means we have to wait until SteamOS and Steam Controller are ready to go, before we see any Steam Machine action - and that's okay with me.
Alienware has announced that it will launch its Steam Machine in September, but haven't provided any specifications or pricing on its Steam OS-powered PC. We know it will feature an Intel Haswell-powered CPU, with the custom PC maker set to "constantly update" its Steam Machine.
The company announced the news during the Steam Dev Days conference, with the Steam Machines team teasing at Dev Days: "Our goal with Steam Machines has never been to force customers into the living room if they don't want to go."
We only just reported that Intel is looking to release its Broadwell CPUs earlier than expected, but it looks like the chipmaker is working on two new NUC units based on the freshly shrunken CPU technology, codenamed Broadwell.
Intel engineers are currently working on two new NUCs, the "Rock Canyon" and "Maple Canyon". Starting with what we know on the Rock Canyon, which is expected to be pushed toward the consumer market, where it will be marketed toward being in your living room, with technologies making it feel more at home. We should see USB 3.0, HDMI and DisplayPort technologies inside, as well as being ready to take an infrared receiver module. On top of that, it should feature an M.2 PCI Express-based slot for SSDs.
The Rock Canyon NUC will also reportedly feature NFC technology which will allow it to connect to your smartphone or tablet, as well as WiChrg technology. It looks like the most consumer-friendly NUC yet, improving on the already great NUCs on the market.