Microsoft Starts Taking Orders for Windows 8 Upgrade Offer

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:14 | Web and Industry News

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If you've recently bought a laptop with Windows 7 installed, you may be eligible for a $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when it's released. Microsoft has started taking orders for the upgrade offer, which will be fulfilled starting on October 26. The offer period goes from June 2, 2012, to January 31, 2012. Any PC with Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate bought between those dates is eligible for the upgrade offer. Simply register with the website by February 28, 2013, and follow the steps. 


Amazon Adds Glacier Cloud Storage Solution to Web Services

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 16:58 | Web and Industry News

Introducing Amazon Glacier

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently added a cloud storage solution called Glacier. It's not so clear if it's available to everyone or just to businesses, but it's looking like it's available to everyone. In an interesting twist, you don't pay for a certain amount of data storage, you pay as you use it. How much? $0.01 per gigabyte. So as you upload you'll get charged that much for each gigabyte you take up, and no more. The cloud storage uses AES 256 encryption within the facilities, and SSL for uploading and downloading. For redundancy, every file redundantly backed up within each facility, and then again in a separate facility. If you're interested in learning more, you can check out the AWS Glacier page here, and you can read the announcement here


AMD Corporate VP to Take Over Overseas Sales

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 16:42 | Web and Industry News

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AMD announced today that Corporate Vice President Darren Grasby will be taking over EMEA sales, which covers Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He's held various sales positions within AMD since joining in 2007, so this position won't be too new to him. 

AMD Chief Sales Officer John Byrne said:

One of my top priorities is to help AMD's sales organization make faster decisions, champion the voice of the customer more strongly, and further improve alignment with our partners to deliver on our commitments. Darren is ideally suited to lead our sales efforts in the EMEA region. He came to AMD with a strong background in PC sales, has distinguished himself as an effective leader at AMD, and is widely respected by our customers and partners.


OCZ Announces Silencer Mk III 1200W Power Supply

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 16:36 | Web and Industry News

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III

If you're a fan of giving your computer more powerful, you know doubt know the important of a good power supply. If you're putting three giant videocards in SLI or Crossfire, you're going to end up needing quite a few watts. I've seen 1kW power supplies for quite some time, but it's not too often you hear about anything with more power. Newly announced from OCZ is the Silencer Mk III power supply from PC Power & Cooling, which can deliver up to 1200W of power. Aside from being able to provide a ridiculous amount of power, it's also 80 Plus Platinum certified, meaning it's extremely efficient. At "typical workloads," it has up to 92% efficiency. It uses a 140mm fan for cooling, so it should be pretty quiet as well. If you're interested in seeing its complete specs, check out the product page. You can read the announcement here.


Former Intel Computer Engineer Victor Poor Dies at 79

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 20 August 2012 22:17 | Web and Industry News

Victor Poor

One of the computer engineers who helped Intel design the 8088 processor family, Victor Poor, died last Friday at the age of 79. Poor had a very interesting life. His accomplishments include things like helping Intel build one of the processors that made Intel big, designing a wireless communication system originally called Aplink (later Winlink) that has been adopted by organizations such as the US military, and helping design Arcnet. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. You can read a better synopsis of his life here


Crytek CEO Discusses Crysis 3 Graphics

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 20 August 2012 21:54 | Web and Industry News

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In a recent Gamescon live stream discussion, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli discusses his plan for Crysis 3's graphics. Because the game will be put out on consoles as well as on the PC, it's a tough choice to figure out how good to make the game look versus what performance they can get out of consoles. Obviously the PC can power through much more than a console, which is where the trouble comes in. Read on for more.


Razer Releases Switchblade SDK

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 17:51 | Web and Industry News

Razer Blade Keyboard

Razer, one of the best gaming-peripheral makers, has released the software development kit (SDK) for their Switchblade gaming UI. For those of you who don't know, the Switchblade gaming UI is a special part of a couple of their keyboards, including the Razer Blade gaming laptop. It has 10 special buttons that you can program to display whatever images you want, as well as a multi-touch track-pad/LCD display that you can program to display things like in-game information. The keyboards that support it are the Razer Blade's keyboard, the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ gaming keyboard, and the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard. To use the SDK, Razer recommends a knowledge of programming in C Sharp and C++. Get the SDK and learn more about the Switchblade UI here.


Windows 8 Benchmarked

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 17:37 | Web and Industry News

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Earlier today marked the first public launch of Windows 8 as Microsoft released the operating system on TechNet. So now that it's out, is it worth switching to? Honestly the new start screen isn't that bad once you get used to it, and there are a lot of little things that make Windows 8 much nicer than Windows 7, in my opinion. What about speed? Well, that's where benchmarks come in. Steven Walton over at TechSpot decided to do some benchmarking of his own, comparing Windows 7 and Windows 8 on identical machines. I won't steal all the thunder, but it looks like Windows 8 and Windows 7 are about the same. Windows 7 is just barely better with graphical things, such as gaming, while Windows 8 is better with multimedia applications, such as video encoding. You can read the full benchmark review here.


Microsoft Announces SkyDrive is Out of Preview with New Features

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 16:14 | Web and Industry News

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Microsoft cloud-storage product SkyDrive has been in preview for quite a while now. I've used it here and there, and it works the same as DropBox or worked, for me at least. It was only in its preview stage, though, but soon that will change. Microsoft today announced "a new modern" There are a bunch of new features, including Office integration


VIA's APC Released

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 15:55 | Web and Industry News


Back in June, VIA's $49 APC, which is an Android-powered computer similar to the Raspberry Pi, was made available for pre-order. Late last night I received and e-mail saying that the product was finally released. It's sold out, of course, but at least some people got some. Below is a chart of its specifications, as a quick reminder:

Item Description
Software Android 2.3 (PC System)
Chip VIA 800MHz Processor

DDR3 512MB Memory
2GB NAN Flash


Built-in 2D/3D Graphic
Resolution up to 720p

Input and Output

USB 2.0 (x4)
Audio out / Mic in
microSD Slot

Network 10/100 Ethernet

170 x 85mm (W x H)

Neo-ITX Standard

The bootloader and kernel for the APC, as well as other pertinent information, is available for free here, if you want to do some developing for it. The Newegg product page can be seen here. No word on when new stock will come back in.


PC Release Date for Assasin's Creed III Announced

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 13 August 2012 16:18 | Web and Industry News

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We PC gamers must not be very liked compared to console gamers. Ubisoft, for an unknown reason, decided to release the PC version of the upcoming title Assassin's Creed III later than the Xbox version. When the announced the delay, they never gave a release date. Well, the release date for the PC version has finally been announced: November 20 (US) and November 23 (UK). Still, no stated reason for the delay, but at least we can know when to expect it. The console versions of the game come out on October 31, for reference. Think you'll wait or will you give in and buy it for your console?



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