Review Category : Windows 8.1

At CES this week, ORIGIN PC announced their two new MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases. It includes some innovative features such as Variable Mounting, full tower expansion kit, the ability to control Fan, LED lighting system and more. Here is a summary the unique and notable features included in the MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases: Variable Mounting system enables motherboard to be oriented four different ways so that you can optimize the placement and visibility of your PC’s internal components 4-Way NVIDIA SLI support in any orientation (using Variable Mounting) Dual-Hinge front door enables left-to-right or right-to-left opening directions 5 hot-swappable hard drive bays with optional locking mechanism Full-tower expansion kit enables MILLENIUM case to be converted to GENESIS case Smart Fan Controller allows you to easily toggle between full manual control of fans and motherboard fan control Remote controlled LED lighting system Full Press Release below. Designed and built from the ...

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At CES this week, HP has announced its successor to its Z1 All-in-One workstation called Z1 G2. include a 27-inch diagonal touchscreen display, up to 32GB of  RAM, up to 4GB of  Nvidia graphics, Intel Xenon processor and more. You can choose between SSD and HDD for your storage needs as well. The whole selling point of the PC is that it is designed to me  module in nature. You can upgrade parts easily whenever you want. Experience the simplicity of all-in-one design with the HP Z1 Workstation. Easily add a hard drive, a Thunderbolt™ 2 module, upgrade memory, or access the graphics card by snapping it open. Enjoy the control of easily swapping out parts on your own. And enhance your work with 10 finger multi-touch, HD Webcam, DTS Studio Sound, and whisper-quiet acoustics. Unleash your creativity on a workstation that’s worthy of it. Full Specs: Form Factor All-in-one Available ...

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Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2013 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)                  Vendor 4Q13 Shipments 4Q13 Market Share 4Q12 Shipments 4Q12 Market Share 4Q13/4Q12 Growth 1. Lenovo 15,279 18.6% 14,013 16.1% 9.0% 2. HP 13,779 16.8% 15,059 17.3% -8.5% 3. Dell 10,030 12.2% 9,482 10.9% 5.8% 4. Acer Group 5,540 6.7% 7,046 8.1% -21.4% 5. ASUS 4,988 6.1% 5,610 6.4% -11.1% Others 32,595 39.6% 35,840 41.2% -9.1% Total 82,211 100.0% 87,049 100.0% -5.6% International Data Corporation (IDC) today released their Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units in the Q4 of 2013, representing a 5.6% decline in numbers YoY. When you consider the full year 2013, total shipments declined -10.0% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. The declining trend is no surprising given that the consumer interest is moving towards more mobile devices like smartphones, ...

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Gartner today released their report on worldwide PC shipments for the Q4 2013. As expected, PC market was down by 6.9% compared to Q4 2012 and this marks the 7th consecutive quarter of shipment decline. The main reason behind it was the consumer adoption towards content consumption devices like tablets which are cheaper when compared to traditional PCs. “Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs ...

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Gigabyte is entering the gaming PC industry with its new brand called ‘AORUS’. They will be selling gaming laptops, keyboards, mouse and headsets under this brand. Along with this announcement, Gigabyte announced AORUS Gaming Laptop X7. It features GTX 765M GDDR5 4GB dual graphics, 4th gen. Core i7 processor, new AORUS Thermal+ design and highly customizable Macro functions. The most exciting part is that despite its high-end specs and thermal design, it is insanely thin & lightweight at 0.9 in. / 6.39 lbs (22.9 mm / 2.9 kg). Also it has got Killer LAN chip and IEEE 802.11ac support for enhanced networking. Specification: OS: Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 Pro/Windows 7 Home Premium/Windows 7 Professional CPU: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz) Display: 17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LCD backlight System Memory: 4GB/8GB DDR3L 1600, 4 slots (Max 32GB) Chipset; Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset Video Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 765M SLI GDDR5 4GB ...

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Windows XP, one of the most popular OS of all time is going to expire literally as Microsoft is ending their extended support for the OS in April this year. Microsoft has been trumpeting for the last few years to make Windows XP users upgrade to newer systems. Using Windows XP system nowadays exposes you to lots of security risks and even more when Microsoft stops delivering security updates for Windows XP. Ars Technica recently revealed that Microsoft will also stop delivering virus definitions to Windows XP users running Microsoft Security Essentials. There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn’t the only thing that’s losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s anti-malware app, will stop receiving ...

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Few weeks ago, a sales research report from NPD created lots of buzz among the tech blogging media because of one reason, Google Chromebooks. Because the research reported that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase across the various product segments. Actually, many blogs misunderstood the report and reported that Chrombooks have captured 20% of the traditional PC market. The truth is that the report covers only the devices sold through commercial channel. Commercial channel are the distributors — like CDW and Ingram Micro — that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. Importantly, the report did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, ...

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At CES this year, Razer unveiled a modular desktop concept PC called Project Christine. With its modular design, you can upgrade or customize this PC by removing and attaching modules in just seconds. Features: Fully modular design for perpetual, cable-less customization PCI-Express architecture Open operating system platform Factory overclocked components Self-contained modules with active liquid cooling and noise cancelation Quad SLI capable SSD + RAID 5 HDD Array LED touchscreen control display Read the full press release below. LAS VEGAS (CES 2014) – Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced a concept of what promises to be the world’s most modular gaming system, Project Christine. The PC has traditionally been one of the most open platforms in all of technology. However, given the technical complexities of PC hardware, only the most hardcore enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of this openness to build, customize and ...

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Discovery news has released their official Discovery news app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Discovery News features stories and videos from experienced journalists with the focus being on explaining the world through a lens of curiosity. Description: Are you curious about the world? Do you want to be smarter? From the people who bring you the Discovery Channel, Discovery News is the collective effort of a team of experienced journalists dedicated to satisfying the curiosity of our readers by bringing them stories and perspectives they won’t find anywhere else. With the Discovery News app for Windows, you’ll be constantly updated with news articles, videos, photos and more – with a primary focus on explaining the world through a lens of curiosity. Features: •New stories and videos added daily. •Awesome Categories: Earth, Space, Tech, Animals, History, Human and Adventure. •Video: Watch countless episodes of DNews and get the lowdown ...

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Most of the consumer electronics companies are busy showing off their products at CES happening in the US this week. Microsoft last year decided to move away from CES since its timing didn’t align with Microsoft’s product cycle. If you were really missing some news from Microsoft for CES, consider this as your savior. @MSFTnerd today tweeted about some of Microsoft’s future plans. Microsoft is bringing InstantGo support for BayTrail+, Mullins and other SoCs with Windows 8.1 Update 1. Microsoft is planning to bring Surface 3 powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with Denver CPU (64-bit ARMv8) in end of 2014. You can expect Surface Mini and LTE versions of Surface 2 before the end of 2014. Microsoft is planning to use AMDs upcoming Mullins CPU instead of their custom designed chip for its upcoming Xbox TV. Microsoft’s previous plans to release Surface notebook is on hold for now. via: ...

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At CES, AMD provided us a glimpse of how PCs will get evolved in the next few years. In an effort to showcase its upcoming chip codenamed Mullins, AMD’s next-gen ultra-low voltage APU, AMD has built a prototype PC powered by this chip. The PC is thinner, lighter than a Surface and also significantly less in size. What about the specs? It packs 256GB SSD, a camera, Bluetooth, WiFI and a DockPort connector. In the demo they were showing to people, it ran FIFA 14 at 1080p without any hiccups. AMD says that this is extremely low power, extremely high perfomance, to meet your desktop expectations in mobile form factors. Also the great news is that it perform over 250 percent faster than the Intel “Bay Trail-T” chip allowing you to have a no compromise experience from a mobile PC. Source: Engadget, PCWorld ...

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Following Micromax, another Indian OEM Xolo has announced their first Windows tablet Xolo Win. This new mid-range tablet will run Windows 8 powered by AMD processor. It will have 10.1-inch HD display, 2GB RAM and 32Gb of internal memory as well. Read all about it below. LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Jan 7, 2014) – XOLO Win tablet was today unveiled at the Consumer Electrical Show (CES) 2014. XOLO Win leverages AMD leadership in graphics innovation and application acceleration, and is designed to deliver an outstanding visual experience within a powerful compute framework. The XOLO Win tablet is targeted at youth and working professionals, offering a superior high-definition image rendering with great multitasking and impressive power saving technology. The tablet is powered by an AMD A4 Elite Mobility processor (“Temash” generation at 1.0 GHz) with Radeon HD 8180 graphics. It has a 10.1″ display with a resolution of 768 x 1366 and ...

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At CES, Panasonic announced the new Toughpad FZ-M1. This new device is the world’s thinnest and lightest rugged 7-inch Windows tablet. It is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro and a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor. Its fully-rugged, sealed design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications for resistance to drops up to 5 feet, water, dust, and other elements. With a long-life, user-replaceable battery and sunlight-readable, high-sensitivity multi-touch screen for use with heavy gloves. HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-bit (with Windows® 7 downgrade option); 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ Processor (Fanless) MEMORY, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB SSD DURABILITY MIL-STD-810G, 5-foot drop and all-weather IP65 dust and water resistant design DISPLAY 7-inch, daylight-readable, multi touch screen with glove touch technology INTERFACE AND EXPANSION USB 3.0 port and MicroSDXC card slot for maximum connectivity, configurable with barcode, MSR, SmartCard, Serial and LAN* WIRELESS Dedicated ...

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Following the announcement from Intel regarding their official support for Dual OS device, AMD also confirmed their official support as well. In collaboration with BlueStacks, AMD is taking different approach to provide this Dual OS solution. Instead of switching between OS, AMDs solution is to run Andorid apps within Windows either in full screen or in Windowed mode. So, you can now pin Android apps among Windows Store apps in Start screen. Since AMD’s latest processors will include an ARM chips inside, Android apps will run natively as opposed to virtualized environment in Intel’s solution. Read full press release below. Las Vegas, Nev. —1/6/2014  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new milestone in their collaboration with BlueStacks, a joint solution that brings the complete Google™ Android OS experience to Microsoft® Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops. Optimizations for the fourth generation AMD APU in BlueStacks provide a complete, Android user ...

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At CES yesterday, Intel officially confirmed their Dual OS project where they will officially support both Windows and Android on a same device. Krzanich stated that Intel is the first microprocessor company to support devices that combine the best of Windows* and Android* operating systems in a single device. Also Intel is working to make the experience of switching between OS as a seamless one. With the push of a button, user will be able to switch to the other OS in few seconds. Asus even announced a new device called Transformer Duet that will have this functionality of running both the OS on the same device. Microsoft and Google should not be happy with this effort from Intel as this will create lots of confusion among consumers. Also Intel is expecting many such Dual OS devices throughout 2014 from various OEMs. ...

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Gartner today released their latest projections on worldwide devices market. Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014, a 7.6 percent increase from 2013. As expected, Android will dominate with more than a billion devices. Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 278 million units in 2014, a seven percent decline from 2013. Driven by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, the PC market is estimated to remain flat in 2014 (0.2 percent), after a decline of 9.9 percent in 2013. The Gartner consumer survey showed that less than eight per cent of users would replace their laptop with a tablet, while a transfer to an Ultrabook is almost twice this figure. Apple is expected to narrow the devices number with Microsoft in 2014. See the table below. The projected numbers are not so encouraging for Microsoft. ...

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