This week there’s word that Android - if not the web as well - will be getting a full makeover by Google in the icon department. Evidence suggests that the icons being added to the world of Android and the web will be flatter, a bit more well organized, and sized relative to one another.
There’s a brand called GameSpy out there in the gaming technology universe that runs multiplayer and CD key authentication for a wide variety of games. While part of GameSpy was a video game news site, there was also an online matchmaking service - now owned by Glu Mobile - which will be shut down on May 31st, 2014. There are a number of games that will be affected by this shutdown.
After introducing the idea of Universal apps across all Windows devices earlier in the day, Microsoft let it be known that Xbox One would be participating in the layout in the future as well. With the launch of the latest Windows 8.1 Update, Universal apps will be pushed as well. This means developers will be able to use a lot of the same code for all platforms, be they Windows, Windows Phone, or Xbox One.
If you’re all about the multiple-universe action pushed in the DC Comics Infinite Crisis comic series - or you just like free Open Beta games in general - today there’s a MOBA you’re going to want to peek at. This game goes by the name Infinite Crisis (of course), and has been released by the developers at Turbine and distributed by the folks at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. You’ll be able to play this game - provided you’ve got the prerequisite powerful PC - right after you hit the download button.
Zotac has announced a new line up in its Zbox mini-PCs, the E-Series. With the E-Series comes Intel Haswell processors up to a 3.2GHz i7 -- the various hardware options are spread across different models. In some configurations, the system could serve as a casual gaming machine.
Not that the mini-PC market was going anywhere, but CyberPowerPC's entry into the ranks this week just goes to show - there's more than enough room for another super-small gaming desktop machine out there. Here we're seeing the CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini, a tiny tower that still manages to jam in the likes of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 or an AMD R9 290. It'll be coming your way in black with green or red lighting, too!
This afternoon Apple has shared their financial Q1 2014 results with the public, showing that, in the quarter leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Apple/Mac connection, the company continues to increase sales. This quarter's revenue racked up a cool $6.3 million compared to $5.6 million the quarter before and $5.5 million one year ago at this time.
This week HP released details on how they'd continue to release devices with the Windows 7 operating system onboard. This is far from unheard of in the PC universe, with major PC manufacturers releasing devices with multiple operating systems - whatever the consumer wants, in the end. HP was quickly questioned on how they could possibly stop supporting devices with Windows 8 aboard, to which they responded: "WE ARE NOT DROPPING WINDOWS 8."
Intel has launched its first offering with a Bay Trail processor, the awkwardly-named Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH. With this tiny computer comes a budget-friendly price and Windows 8.1, as well as a variety of connectivity options and ports to meet most users' needs, whether using the PC as a desktop computer or as part of an entertainment system.
This week we're being given the opportunity at CES 2014 to see Razer's newest product - Project Christine - up close, well before it hits the market in all its modular glory. This machine is what Razer intends to be their center for innovation in the modular computing environment, allowing users to upgrade and swap out bits and pieces with ease, however they see fit. Creating all the parts themselves, they've once again made clear that they'll be no stranger to the high-end PC manufacturing world through the future.
Looking for an Android desktop? Look no further than the Lenovo ThinkVision. Lenovo has built a gorgeous Android desktop, and it’s touch capable to boot. With a display the size of a small TV, the Lenovo ThinkVision is a step in a new direction. It might be the first time we don't want to use a keyboard and mouse combo on a desktop.