NEWS

August 8th, 2012, 1:55 PM

AMD Goes to Debt Market to Raise $300 Million in Senior Notes

AMD announced Tuesday that it was heading to the debt market to raise $300 million in senior notes. A senior note is debt issued by a business that is of the highest seniority on the issuer’s balance sheets. It is secured by collateral, and should the issuer go bankrupt this debt must be repaid. It [...]

August 8th, 2012, 11:54 AM

John Carmack Dismisses Valve’s Linux Aspirations, Cautious on Windows 8

John Carmack’s keynote at Quake-Con was marked with skepticism about both Valve’s Linux aspirations, and the future of Windows. Mr. Carmack, lead programmer and co-founder of id Software, identified the biggest problem with gaming on Linux is the user — they don’t want to pay for games. While Linux support creates goodwill amongst the open-source [...]

August 8th, 2012, 10:56 AM

Steam Moving Beyond Games Come September

Valve announced today that it plans to expand Steam’s offerings to “creativity to productivity” software come September. This follows a leak on the Steam mobile app, which advertised software categories such as photo editing, design, and video editing. Valve says many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features — like automatic [...]

August 8th, 2012, 10:42 AM

Windows 8 Packaging Revealed

Microsoft has been unable to ‘plug the leaks’ recently at its Windows division: recently the release to manufacturing version of Windows 8 emerged online, and now samples of the new OS’ box art have hit the blogosphere. The Verge was first to report on this leaked box art. Prominent to the box art’s design, is [...]

August 8th, 2012, 10:13 AM

ZOTAC Delivers New ZBOX with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M Graphics Processing

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and channel manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today delivers a new ZBOX with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics processing. The new ZOTAC ZBOX with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics incorporates class-leading features and stunning visuals to form a perfect home theater PC. “We’re pleased to inject the power of NVIDIA [...]

August 7th, 2012, 5:58 PM

Acer to Microsoft: Reconsider the Surface Tablet

Microsoft’s move into tablets with the upcoming Surface slate is emblematic of the ruinous alliance between OEMs and Microsoft, according to Acer’s chairman and chief executive. “We have said [to Microsoft] think it over,” Mr. Wang told the Financial Times. “Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands [...]

August 6th, 2012, 7:17 PM

Apple v. Samsung Day 4: A Humble Company; A Hired Witness

While Samsung may have slipped up during the first week of Apple v. Samsung with its contumacious attorney, the company jumped into the second week of the trial recharged and on the attack. The day began with Justin Denison, Samsung’s strategy head, taking the stand to testify on a library of email exchanges that Apple [...]

August 6th, 2012, 11:50 AM

With the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung Brings a Stylus to the Tablet World

Samsung announced the launch today of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, a tablet-sized edition of its popular Galaxy Note “phablet” launched earlier this year. While this new device bears the Galaxy Note name, it is anything but a phone-tablet hybrid: At 10.1 inches (slightly larger than an iPad’s 9.6 inch screen) the device is a [...]

August 6th, 2012, 11:04 AM

Qualcomm Nabs Intel Executive to be Marketing Chief

Qualcomm announced Monday that it had named former Intel executive Anand Chandrasekher to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. “I am pleased to welcome Anand Chandrasekher as chief marketing officer,” Qualcomm President Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement. “His extensive experience in marketing and management makes Anand well-suited to help grow Qualcomm’s communications and marketing [...]

August 3rd, 2012, 3:19 PM

Valve’s Mandatory Binding Arbitration Clause Not Valid in Canada

The mandatory binding arbitration clause found in Valve’s updated software service agreement (SSA) for Steam is not valid in Canada, according to a specialist lawyer who has spoken with Hardware Canucks. Mandatory binding arbitration clauses are put in place to prevent a class-action lawsuit from being leveled against a company. Electronic Arts has a mandatory [...]