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MSI's Dominator Pro GT60 packs two significant firsts.  It's the first high-end gaming laptop we've reviewed with a HiDPI display (the GT60's 2880x1660 panel is the equal of the vaunted MacBook Pro's Retina display), and it's the first system we've looked at to sport NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 880M. MSI has also packed this system with a plethora of high-end components in a bid to challenge the dominance of more conventional boutique builders like Alienware. We'll be comparing and contrasting the GT60 against the Alienware 17 we reviewed recently to give you a sense of how the two systems compare head to head. First, though, we want to talk about the specs MSI has brought to the table... Read more...
Although the market for them is relatively small, we love to check out elaborate, no-holds-barred gaming PCs from time to time--you know, the kind of system that costs about the same amount as a serviceable used car. As fun as it is to check out an ultra high-end gaming rig, we also do it to gauge the user experience and to see just how much better it is (or isn't) versus a mainstream PC. But how great is the experience, really?  The answer needs to be darn near perfection, because – let’s face it – a midrange gaming desktop is going to give you a pretty solid gaming experience (and look good doing it) without inflicting nearly the same damage to... Read more...
Hackers claiming to represent the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) decided to deface Skype's social media pages with disparaging messages about Microsoft and its digital properties. On Skype's Twitter page, for example, the hackers posted a status update telling followers not to use Microsoft's email services (Hotmail and Outlook) because "they are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments." Skype eventually regained control of its Twitter account, but not before the restless bunch of hackers posted Steve Ballmer's contact information. It was followed by a message that read, "You can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts/emails using this details. #SEA." The SEA, if... Read more...
The Xbox One is more than just a game console. We know that may be blatantly obvious to many of you, but we want to drive that point home from the get-go. The gaming, home entertainment, and mobile/computing industries are vastly different than they were when the previous-gen Xbox 360 launched in late 2005. Since then, there’s been unprecedented intermingling and consolidation across these markets and Microsoft took it all into consideration in the design of the Xbox One. Of course, the Xbox One plays games—really well, actually. With its updated hardware, more refined controllers, new Kinect sensor, and a wealth of developer support, the Xbox One is an excellent gaming... Read more...
Following the initial leaks against the NSA by Edward Snowden this past summer, there was speculation that what was being exposed would end up hurting the business of US-based tech companies overseas. It's easy to understand why - when it's discovered that a country has been literally spying on those in friendly countries, no one is going to forget about it that quickly. But despite that, it seems that there's been no harm so far, and if anything, it's actually improved the business of some fortunate companies. Where Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon are concerned, the companies claim that there's been no visible reduction in overseas business. Interestingly enough, US-based companies specializing... Read more...
Well, that’s one way to prove a point. One Khalil Shreateh (pictured), after discovering a bug in Facebook that allows users to post on someone else’s Timeline even if they’re not friends, failed to get Facebook’s attention regarding the matter. So he used the exploit he found to post on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall. “Dear Mark Zuckerberg,” he wrote , “[Errors included] First sorry for breaking your privacy and post to your wall, i has no other choice to make after all the reports i sent to Facebook team.” Shreateh went on to describe how his interactions with the Facebook security team resulted in no action or acknowledgement of the existence of... Read more...
More information is coming out regarding the NSA’s PRISM program wherein the agency has been requesting/demanding data on U.S. citizens from major Internet companies. (We have further reading on the subject here, here, and here.) After adamant declarations from some companies, perhaps most notably Facebook--Mark Zuckerberg wrote a personal, angry post about it--that they refused to allow the NSA direct access to company servers, there were plenty of questions remaining about how much data the NSA requested, and from whom. Facebook's Menlo Park campus Facebook has directly addressed the situation via a blog post written by the company’s general counsel, Ted Ullyot. First, Ullyot claims... Read more...
Are teens using social media responsibly? A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center sheds light on how teenagers are using sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as how they view their online privacy both in terms of managing their settings and the level of concern over third-party access to their data. As you might expect, the study found that "teens share a wide range of information" on social media sites, but lest you think they're being totally irresponsible, Pew Research Center found that "few teens embrace a fully public approach," instead taking "steps to restrict and prune their profiles." Source: Pew Research Center It's an interesting mix of findings in the lengthy report.... Read more...
Who says the economy is still rough in Northern California? Just months after Apple announced plans that it would soon be moving ahead with a second headquarters south of San Francisco, Facebook has now received the proper blessings to construct a second campus in Menlo Park, California. The secondary headquarters will be within walking distance of the first, reportedly "west of Bayfront Expressway, near its headquarters on the other side of the road." The city council voted 4-0 to let Facebook move forward, obviously its formal way of 'Liking' such a plan. Based on early plans, the company is hoping to build an "exceptionally long 433,555-square-foot building designed by renowned architect Frank... Read more...
There’s a lot to love about a mini-ITX gaming PC. Portability is a big draw, of course: carrying your computer through the parking lot to a LAN party is much easier if it happens to be an SFF system. Reclaiming desk space is another reason to go small. And some of us just take a lot of pleasure in knowing that our tiny, unassuming PC will drop a few jaws when it’s game time. With an Intel Core i7 3770 and an MSI GeForce GTX 660 at its heart, Maingear’s mini-ITX Potenza only looks mild-mannered. In fact, Maingear offers the system with up to a Core i7-3770K and a GTX Titan, but Maingear sent us a slightly tamer unit to show what it can do in the $1600 range. As configured,... Read more...
Seen one of those fancy new Surface commercials? How about one of Microsoft's vivid new retail stores? In an age where tech-savvy is becoming the norm, and catching people early is a way to ensure brand loyalty throughout a life, Microsoft seems to be doing fairly well according to a new report. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that just under half of 853 respondents between the age of 18 and 29 viewed Microsoft -- the company responsible for Windows 95, the Zune, the Kin, the Xbox, Office, and even the Surface RT -- is hipper now than it was just a year or two ago. That may strike some as surprising. In fact, many view Microsoft is the stodgy, old guy in a world full of spunky Silicon Valley startups.... Read more...
If you've been holding your breath for confirmation of a Facebook Phone, go ahead and exhale, lest you turn blue in the face. The cold, hard truth (for social networking junkies) is that no such device is imminent. Furthermore, Mark Zuckerberg doesn't even seem interested in entertaining the idea in the near future, if ever. "We're not going to build a phone," Zuckerberg said during Facebook's earnings call on Wednesday, CNet reports. "It's not the right strategy for us to build one integrated system. Let's say we sell 10 million units -- that would be 1 percent of users. Who cares for us?" That's about as blunt as it gets, and it comes at a time when rumors of a Facebook brand smartphone seem... Read more...
Motorola is going to reveal a new 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone, but before it does, the company wants you to venture a guess. A censored pictured and post on Motorola's Facebook page tip the impending release and don't offer much in the way of hints, though clues will be given throughout the week. "Let's play a game. Guess the Smartphone," Motorola wrote on its Facebook page. "We'll give a clue each day all week and make the big reveal on Friday. I have the power of 4G LTE. Which smartphone am I?" The prevailing guess in the comments section is a Droid RAZR HD, details of which are unconfirmed but rumored to include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 720p screen, Kevlar casing, and... Read more...
Who says Microsoft's too giant a corporation to be flexible when it comes to acquiring new firms? While even the massive Skype acquisition feels fresh in the minds of technology enthusiasts, Microsoft is now spending on yet another: Yammer. You may not have heard of Yammer in the consumer space, but businesses have been using it increasingly. In a nutshell, it's an internalized Twitter. Imagine a Twitter where only a set of private, invited guests were allowed in; that's -- generally speaking -- what Yammer acts like. And clearly, Microsoft wants precisely that in its own portfolio. With a huge stake in enterprise, it's pretty obvious how Microsoft could take a tool like Yammer and integrate... Read more...
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