For consumers with Windows 8 devices today, Windows 8.1 will be a free update via an easy download from the Windows Store starting on October 18th.
Consumers who are not using a Windows 8 device will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at your local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for USD 119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for USD 199.99. The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what we have today for Windows 8.
For non-Windows 8 devices, here is how upgrading to Windows 8.1 using the retail DVD and download software will work:
Windows 7: Consumers can upgrade a Windows 7 PC which will bring along all their files, but will require them to reinstall desktop apps including Microsoft Office.
Windows XP and Windows Vista: Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Although not designed or recommended for devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista, consumers still wanting to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista should buy the retail DVD instead of using the download and boot from the DVD to do a clean install of Windows 8.1. Note: files, settings and programs will not transfer – consumers will need to back up their files and settings, perform clean installation, and then reinstall their files, settings and programs.
If you buy a device later this year that comes with the Windows 8.1 edition, you will be able to purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack for USD 99.99, which unlocks all of the great features unique to Pro, as well as Windows Media Center. If you are on Windows 8.1 Pro, you can buy Windows Media Center for USD 9.99.
Thermaltake has released a white edition of its Urban S31 mainstream mid-tower case. The product has the same features as the original version, such as three 5.25” external bays, one 3.5” external bay (converted from one of the 5.25” external bays), six 3.5”/2.5” internal bays, seven slots for expansion cards, and a top-mounted 2.5” or 3.5” HDD docking station, which enables blazing fast file transfers and effortless hot-swap drive replacement for easy setup or removal of storage or backup media. The preinstalled sound-damping foams for the purpose of extreme silence on both side panels of Urban S31 reduce noise and acoustic levels within the case.
There are two preinstalled 120 mm fans to optimize system ventilation in the Urban S31, plus pre-mounted holes for more ventilation options, allowing users to build up system ventilation to their preference.
The Urban S31 Snow Edition is available with or without a transparent side window.
Triathlor ECO series is the brand new 80 Plus Bronze power supply unit launched by Enermax. This series offers four different models, including 350 W, 450 W, 550 W, and 650 W, with flat modular cable for easy cable management. The new Triathlor ECO is also equipped with Load Balancer technology to stabilize voltage output and to support C6/C7 states of Intel Haswell CPU. Yet, the new Triathlor ECO drives the energy saving standards to a higher level, by meeting the ErP Lot 6 2013 requirements, thanks to the latest 5Vsb standby eco-design.
Triathlor ECO has the HeatGuard feature, which allows a 30 to 60 sec. delayed cooling fan shutdown, enabling the excessive warm air to be extracted from the unit and maximizing the product life. The 120 mm double ball bearing cooling fan is used for silent operation and heat dissipation.
The automatic voltage regulator allows Triathlor ECO to operate between 100-240Vac, with Active PFC. The single 12V output provides exceptional compatibility for power hungry high-end GPU while retaining superb power efficiency. Triathlor ECO was also designed to work under high-temperature working conditions while maintaining continuous and stable power output. In terms of safety measures, Triathlor ECO comes with multiple advanced technologies to ensure utmost user experience, including: OVP (Over Voltage), DC UVP (Under Voltage), OPP (Over Power), SCP (Short-Circuit), and SIP (Surge and Inrush current).
Triathlor ECO will be available in October 2013, costing USD 79.99 (350 W), USD 89.99 (450 W), USD 99.99 (550 W), and USD 109.99 (650 W).
EVGA extended the Rise of the Triad Bundle to select GeForce GTX 700 series products. Now, for a limited time, when you purchase an EVGA GeForce GTX 770, 760, 690, 680, 670, 660 Ti, 660, 650 Ti BOOST, 650 Ti, or 650, on or after July 19th, 2013, you will get Rise of the Triad absolutely free. This will be a Steam code that will allow you to redeem the game.
Nokia has just unveiled two new ultra-affordable camera phones: the Nokia 108 and the Nokia 108 Dual SIM. Perfect for people purchasing their first-ever camera phone, the new handsets offer more than just calls and texts. The Nokia 108 also lets people take pictures and record video, helping them capture life’s important moments with an attractively-priced device. With Nokia’s Slam technology on board, content can be shared faster and more easily with friends and family via Bluetooth. Support for up to 32 GB of external memory ensures there is plenty of space to store people’s most cherished content.
The Nokia 108 delivers new mobile experiences without the huge price tag. In addition to a built-in VGA camera, the Nokia 108 also features an integrated MP3 player, FM radio, Snake the game, multiple alarms and flashlight for staying entertained and productive while on-the-go. With exceptional battery life of up to 31 days’ standby when using the single SIM Nokia 108, people will also be able to enjoy the phone for longer.
The Nokia 108 extends the Nokia design story with its softly rounded corners and raised island keys, making it a pleasure to use. Available in Nokia’s signature red, white, black, yellow, and cyan, the colorful back covers are also removable.
The Nokia 108 and Nokia 108 Dual SIM are great value, beautifully designed handsets for calls, texts, and on-the-go entertainment including photos, Snake, music and video. With expandable storage of up to 32 GB, people can store thousands of images, music tracks and hundreds of videos. With standby time of up to 31 days for the Nokia 108 and up to 25 days for the Nokia 108 Dual SIM, they also make for highly reliable back-up phones for occasional or emergency use. The Dual SIM variant enables people to select which SIM card to use when making a call or sending a text message, helping them manage costs and maintain network coverage on-the-go, without the need to use several phones.
The Nokia 108 and Nokia 108 Dual SIM have a recommended retail price of just USD 29, excluding taxes and subsidies. Available colors include red, white and black at launch, with yellow and cyan to follow. The Nokia 108 and the Nokia 108 Dual SIM are expected to start shipping in Q4 this year.
Patriot has launched the new high capacity Supersonic Boost XT 256 GB USB 3.0 performance drive. Offering the enhanced transfer speed of up-to 150MB/s, the Supersonic Boost XT 256 GB drive provides excellent performance, making it the perfect solution for those who rely on having fast access to their data and media while trying to manage a busy lifestyle. This high capacity Supersonic Boost XT features the same award winning ultra-durable rubberized housing the Supersonic Boost XT line has been known for. This housing provides best in class protection for worry free use even in the most rugged applications.
USB 3.0 interface
Up to 150MB/sec (read); up to 30 MB/sec (write)
The rubberized housing provides a durable and rugged exterior that safeguards the drives from the elements. It is protected from any shock and physical damage as well as being water resistant, offering protection from various elements
Compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later.
Mushkin has announced the global availability of the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe Solid-State Drive.
Built with a sleek black design, the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD is equipped with Quad Sandforce SF-2281 and un-throttled IOPS, offering 2,150 MB/s read and over 1,900 MB/s write speeds. All storage capacities of the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD, which include 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB, and 1,920 GB, will boast just over 100,000 4K read and write IOPS, as well as 1 million hours MTBF with a 3-year warranty.
Genius has announced the ECO-u500 and ECO-u1000, long-life and portable universal power banks with Grade A Samsung cells for recharging both smartphones and tablets, are now available in the US. The ECO’s two USB ports enable two devices to be recharged at the same time, multiple times on the same charge.
The ECO-u500 and ECO-u1000 have large capacities of 5,200 and 10,400 mAh, respectively, which means that when completely charged, the ECO-u1000 can fully recharge the latest high-end smartphones up to four times and 7-inch tablets more than two times. The device supports all major smartphone and tablet brands, including Acer, Asus, Apple, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony.
Up to two portable devices (up to 2.1 amps) can be simultaneously recharged with these Genius power banks. To recharge your portable device, simply connect it to the power bank using the built-in Micro USB cable or plug in a USB cable to one of the two USB ports. Recharging will not interrupt the use of your portable device.
Available in black or white, the sleek cover of this compact and light power bank makes it an aesthetic match for any smartphone and tablet. The built-in Micro USB cable means that you do not need to bring a cable with you when wanting to recharge your portable device when on-the-go. The power status of both ECO-u500 and ECO-u1000 can be seen from the LED power capacity indicator.
The Grade A Samsung cells have an extremely long lifespan — they can be fully recharged more than 500 times.
The ECO-u500 and ECO-u1000 are currently available in the US for the suggested retail price of USD 34.99 and USD 64.99, respectively.
Aerocool brings the second addition to the GT chassis portfolio by introducing the GT-R mid-tower. The new GT-R case is designed to satisfy the demand of gamers and power users, who are looking for a well-designed case with much space for latest high-end hardware. Thanks to its more compact dimensions and the great design, GT-R mid-tower is the right companion for ambitious Gamers, frequently visiting LAN-Parties.
The new GT-R utilizes the unified and futuristic GT series exterior design with the choice between a white and a black version. Its main frame is made of 0.7 mm thick SEEC steel, in order to assure a very solid and firm chassis structure. The clean mesh-front-panel has been designed to provide great cooling capabilities. Users are able to mount up to six case fans inside the chassis, two of which are already included. One 180 mm case fan (700 RPM, 39.21 CFM, 25.5 dBA) is located in the front of the chassis and is equipped with four LEDs, which are illuminating in red (Black edition) and blue (White edition) color. Another 120 mm axial-fan model (1.200 U/min, 36.4 CFM, 26.5 dBA) has been mounted in the rear, offering great airflow inside the chassis. It is possible to mount additional fans in the top and side panel, to further optimize the airflow inside the GT-R case.
Power and reset button as well as the I/O panel are located in the center of the top-panel, which are perfectly matching the unified futuristic design. The I/O panel includes one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port as well as the HD-Audio and Microphone Jack. Due to the fact that not every motherboard is supporting the USB 3.0 header-pin connector, a USB 2.0 header-pin adapter is supplied.
The inside of the GT-R mid-tower is well structured and covered in black color. More than enough space for high-end hardware is assured: Latest on-market VGA cards with a length of 293 mm and CPU coolers with a total height of up to 172 mm can be easily installed. For a better usability, GT-R case is equipped with several openings in the motherboard tray. One big opening for backplate-based CPU coolers has been implemented, to reduce the hassle during mounting process.
Several additional openings have been placed to allow more convenient cable management. Underneath the PSU location area, a removable and washable dust filter is pre-installed, in order to stop dust from getting inside the PC case. Two pre-drilled openings with rubber protection for water-cooling pipes are located on the back side of the case.
Convenient and fast mounting of up to six 3.5 or 2.5 inches hard drives or SSDs is assured thanks to the tool-free HDD mounting trays. Five drives can be mounted in the HDD compartment using the supplied mounting trays. Another 3.5 or 2.5 inches drive can be installed without hassle in one of the four vacant 5.25 ODD bays, which are equipped with a tool-free mounting system as well. The required adapter for the drive mounting is supplied with the GR-R case.
Aerocool GT-R chassis for ambitious gamers are available as of today. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the GT-R Black Edition is 59.90 euros and for GT-R White Edition 64.90 euros.
Arctic has launched the newest addition to the Power Bank Series; the Power Bank 2000. The Power Bank 2000 is the ideal accessory if you find that your smartphone battery struggles to make it through a full day. Priced at USD 25.95, this 2000 mAh power bank allows you to recharge on the go so you are not left phoneless. With a LED battery status indicator, you can monitor when you need to recharge.
The Power Bank 2000 is available in hot pink, vibrant blue, silver, and black. A color coordinated nylon pouch is included for safe storage of the power bank and its cables.
The Power Bank 4000 has been expanded into a larger color selection including: hot pink, vibrant blue, brushed silver, and black. At only 11 mm thick and containing a 4000 mAh lithium polymer battery, this is our most powerful and thinnest power bank of the series. Featuring a 2A current output, the Power Bank 4000 will quickly charge all USB devices and extend battery life up to 14+ talk time hours or 70+ audio playback hours. The smart level LED battery status indicator ensures that you will not be left stranded without the extra juice. Comes with a color matched nylon pouch for safer storage of the power bank and cables together.
The Power Bank 2200 is the perfect, stylish accessory to double the battery life of your smart phone or other USB devices. The sleek aluminum, pocket sized design allows you to carry this 2200mAh portable battery charger with you anywhere you go. Available in hot pink, vibrant blue, brushed silver, and black.
All Power Banks come with calculated length Mini USB and Micro USB charging cables to ensure zero excess cables stuffed in your pockets and a power cut protection feature in case of an unintentional short circuit.
Corsair has just today announced the immediate availability of the new ultra-quiet RM Series power supplies (PSUs). The RM Series PSUs replace the TX Series line while adding improved 80 Plus Gold level energy efficiency, whisper-quiet operation, and monitoring capability. The RM Series PSUs are available in models with power capacities from 450 to 1000 watts and are compatible with the latest Intel Core processors codenamed Ivy Bridge E and Haswell.
The RM Series PSUs are designed to be exceptionally quiet even when delivering high levels of power. Built with low-noise capacitors and transformers, the PSUs feature a Zero RPM Fan Mode which only spins the PSU fan under the heaviest loads, allowing near silent operation in most everyday usage. The custom designed fan is extremely quiet at all speeds, allowing the PSU to remain remarkably quiet even while the fan is running.
Like all Corsair PSUs, the RM Series power supplies are designed with high-quality components and are guaranteed to deliver clean, stable, continuous power. The RM Series PSUs are 80 PLUS Gold rated with energy efficiency up to 90% (92% on 230V AC), reducing energy waste and lowering electrical bills.
With a Corsair Digital Bridge cable, included with RM1000 model and optional with other models, RM Series power supplies can be connected to a PC motherboard or a Corsair Link hub for real-time monitoring of fan speed and +12V power delivery via Corsair Link software. The fully modular RM Series PSUs include low-profile black cables, enabling enthusiasts to easily build PCs that are uncluttered and run cooler and quieter. Optional individually sleeved cable kits are available in multiple colors to allow users to customize the look of their PCs.
The RM Series PSUs will be available in September from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. They are backed with a limited 5-year warranty.
Intel has launched its latest family of low-power systems-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed "Bay Trail," that will fuel a wave of highly powerful and energy efficient tablets, 2 in 1s, and other mobile devices to market for consumers and business users in the fourth quarter of this year from leading OEMs including AAVA, Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba.
The “Bay Trail” family of processors is based on Intel’s low-power, high-performance microarchitecture “Silvermont,” announced in May 2013. The Intel Atom Z3000 Processor Series (“Bay Trail-T”) is the company’s first mobile multi-core SoC and its most powerful offering to date for tablets and other sleek mobile designs. It delivers a fast and fluid experience and a powerful balance of performance, battery life, graphics and rich features.
The flexibility of the new microarchitecture allows for variants of the SoC to serve multiple market segments, including new Intel Pentium and Celeron processors (“Bay Trail”-M and -D) for entry 2 in 1s, laptops, desktops and all-in-one systems.
The family of “Bay Trail” SoCs provides a wide range of options for Intel’s customers by enabling one hardware configuration that supports both Windows 8 and Android, ultimately offering people broader choice of form factors at a range of price points that meet the varied needs of consumers and business users.
The Intel Atom Z3000 Processor series delivers leading performance with all-day battery life. It is Intel’s most capable, best-performing platform to-date for tablets and other sleek mobile devices. It offers a smaller footprint and lower power usage while also enabling double the compute performance and triple the graphics performance compared to the previous-generation Intel Atom processor. The low-power SoC platform enables over 10 hours of active battery life and three weeks of standby with an always-connected mobile experience.
The Intel Atom Z3000 Processor series also includes Intel Burst Technology 2.0 with four cores, four threads and 2MB L2 cache. This performance allows users to multi-task, consume and create content, and enjoy a rich experience across either Android or Windows 8. People will also have a choice of form factors between tablets and 2 in 1s, with thin-and-light devices ranging from 8mm to 1 pound, and screen sizes ranging from 7-11.6 inches. Tablets based on this latest Intel Atom SoC will be available at prices starting as low as US$ 199.
The Intel Atom Z3000 series also enables business-ready tablets that deliver the experiences and designs people want with the protection for the enterprise that IT requires. With robust security features, including McAfee DeepSAFE Technology, AES hardware full disk encryption, Intel Platform Trust Technology, Intel Identity Protection Technology, and Intel Data Protection Technology, the platform offers a more secure computing environment. It also supports Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Domain Join and Group Policy, and delivers full application and peripheral compatibility.
Intel will introduce 64-bit support for tablets in early 2014, delivering even greater value to IT managers. Devices built on this version of the SoC will offer enterprise-class applications and security, and with Intel Identity Protection Technology (IPT) with PKI, will not require a VPN password when used with systems optimized for IPT and PKI.
The “Bay Trail M” line will be available in four models: Intel Pentium N3510 and Intel Celeron N2910, N2810 and N2805 processors. This series will power a number of innovative 2 in 1 devices in addition to notebooks enabled with touch capabilities, bringing them to new audiences at lower price points.
With the microarchitecture flexibility and graphics improvements across all of the “Bay Trail” models, the Pentium N3000 Processor and Celeron N2000 Processor series also boast two times faster performance in productivity applications and up to three times improvement in graphics compared to 2-year-old Intel-based value notebooks. Designs powered by these processors can be fanless, can measure less than 11 mm thick, and weigh just 2.2 lbs. Intel expects the systems to start at US$ 199 for a clamshell device, US$ 250 for a notebook with touch and US$ 349 for a 2 in 1 device.
The “Bay Trail D” line will be available in three models: Intel Pentium J2850, Intel Celeron J1850, and Intel Celeron J1750. These offerings are Intel’s smallest-ever packages for desktop processors, making them ideal for fanless and smaller form factor systems for entry level desktop computing. The processors are also ideal for vertical uses, including intelligent digital displays, with the power savings and up to three times faster performance than similar products from Intel just three years ago. Full systems based on these models are expected to start at US$ 199.
LUXA2 has just announced that the new Apple iPhone5S/5C are compatible with its current smartphone holder products. In addition, the iPhone5S is also compatible with all existing LUXA2 iPhone 5 cases.
P2 Aluminum Power Pack
LUXA2’s P2 is a slim, lightweight, aluminum 5000mAh portable battery pack designed for users who desire that extra bit of power whilst on the move. With its premium look and feel, it provides the perfect companion for your smartphone or tablet in those power hungry situations.
An all-aluminum desk stand made for any smartphone with a display size of 3.2” -4.8”. It is designed to hold most mobile phone at a comfortable viewing angle so you can easily watch a video, text message, email, or play games without having to hold your phone. H1 Premium is also compatible with your device even if it's in a case!
This super slender PC case complements the new, slimmer iPhone. The case is so light that it feels like it is barely there on your new phone. It snaps on easily and securely to protect your new phone against scratches and dirt. The frosted and translucent finish enhances the look of your phone and feels great in your hand!
Made from recycled paper, Earth iPhone 5 Case is designed with the environment in mind, with natural materials and chic elements. Earth iPhone 5 Case is a lightweight, durable, and beautiful way to protect your phone.
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced its new H81 series motherboards, featuring new Intel 8-series chipset specifically for the new 4th Generation Intel Core processor family. ECS H81 series motherboards are designed for different applications, such as Internet café, multi-media, and general office productivity. Also, ECS H81 series motherboards are available in a full product line of ATX, microATX and Mini-ITX form factors.
All H81 series motherboards are certified with ECS’s new Durathon durability technology which includes Triple Density PCB, Extreme Temperature Resistance, 1.5K Point Marathon Testing, and Superior Solid Capacitors designed to greatly improve motherboard quality, stability and longevity. In addition, electrostatic discharge protection provides additional protection.
Features of the new ECS H81 series motherboards include support for full SATA-600 internal ports, PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus, integrated USB 3.0, 4K resolution display support on the HDMI port, and two DDR3 1600(MHz) DIMM slots for up to 16 GB RAM.
Apple has just announced two smartphones: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Both are very similar to the iPhone 5 original.
The iPhone 5S features a A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, a 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display (1136-by-640 resolution), a 8 megapixels rear facing camera with 15% larger sensor area, and Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONASS technologies. The home button was replaced with Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, with support built in to iOS 7.
The 5S will be available starting on September 20th in 16 GB (USD 199), 32 GB (USD 299), and 64 GB (USD 399) models.
The iPhone 5C features a A6 CPU, 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display (1136-by-640 resolution), a 8 megapixels rear facing camera, and Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONASS technologies. This model lacks the fingerprint sensor.
The 5C will be available in 16 GB (USD 99) and 32 GB (USD 199) flavors.