Today, Microsoft announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store. As a result of close work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, will be available for the launch of Windows 8.
Windows 8 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in more than 140 markets and 37 languages at http://www.windows.com/buy beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time and at retail locations around the world. At retail, Windows 8 will be available in two primary versions, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, as well as Windows 8 Enterprise for large organizations. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family, Windows RT, designed for ARM-based tablets and available pre-installed on new devices. In addition to Microsoft Office 2013, Windows RT is designed exclusively for apps in the new Windows Store.
Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and the content about which they care the most. It also features an entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.
In addition to the range of available new Windows-based devices, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 are qualified to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of USD 39.99. Eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013, in more than 140 markets, can download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of USD 14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.
Lenovo has announced that it will start up a U.S. personal computer production line in Whitsett, N.C., near Greensboro. The company said that the move will create 115 new manufacturing jobs in North Carolina, where the workers will build Think-branded notebooks and desktop PCs, tablets, engineering workstations and servers for sale to domestic businesses, government and education customers, as well as consumers.
The new U.S. PC manufacturing line is currently under construction and scheduled to open in early 2013. It will reside within Lenovo’s recently expanded 240,000 square foot U.S. distribution center in Whitsett, N.C., approximately 10 miles east of Greensboro. Hiring for the 115 manufacturing and related positions should begin later this year.
“Lenovo is establishing a U.S. manufacturing base because we believe in the long-term strength of the American PC market and our own growth opportunities here,” said Yuanqing Yang, chairman and CEO, Lenovo.
iBUYPOWER has announced that the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 and 660 video cards are now available for all desktop systems.
For a limited time, iBUYPOWER is also offering two signature Chimera Gaming Computers at a special discount of USD 100.
The updated Chimera 4SE-E1 combines the new GeForce GTX 660 with the latest third generation Intel Core-i7 processor. It comes with 8 GB of memory and a 1 TB hard disk drive. The Chimera 4SE-E1 is fully configurable and starts at just USD 1,099 after a USD 100 savings.
The Chimera 4SE-F875 combines the new GeForce GTX 650 with the latest X79 chipset, an Intel Core-i7 processor, and 16 GB of memory. This system is fully configurable and starts at USD 1,299 after a USD 100 savings.
The Magnetic Pin is a rubber pin that magnetically attaches your system fan to your case. The special composition of rubber will absorb vibrations and reduce fan noise. The magnets embedded in the pin allow you to quickly install and remove your fans as needed, no tools required.
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The brand new ROG TYTAN CG8890 gaming PC is the materialization of the dreams of the best gamers around the world. It is powered by a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-3960X processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 video card that supports up to four monitors, two 128 GB SATA-600 SSD drives in RAID 0 mode, and an ASUS Xonar DX sound card (116 dB SNR).
The ROG TYTAN CG8890’s Turbo Gear bottom allows you to dynamically overclock the processor with no need to reboot. With a single click, the CG8890 instantly overclocks its processor to three different modes:
Startup mode: CPU overclocked to 3.8 GHz
Turbo Gear mode: CPU overclocked to 4 GHz
Turbo Gear extreme mode: CPU overclocked to 4.2 GHz
Today, Gigabyte announced the Gigabyte Classic Challenge II, an overclocking competition hosted on www.HWBOT.org.
Open from September 1 through September 30, 2012, the Gigabyte Classic Challenge II combines two exciting stages based on classic 3DMark01 and SuperPi 31M benchmarks. The overclocker with the highest number of points tallied from both rounds will win a recently announced GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7, with a second place finish earning a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH. Another Z77X-UP7 will be awarded to the entrant with the most Gigabyte Classic Challenge II submissions on HWBOT.
For more details, competition rules and standings, please visit the Classic Challenge II competition page on www.HWBOT.org.
Microsoft has updated its corporate logo after using it for 25 years. The new logo has two components: the logotype and the symbol. For the logotype, Microsoft uses the Segoe font, which is the same font it uses in its products as well as its marketing communications. The symbol’s squares of color are intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises, announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is available for pre-purchase worldwide.
All players who pre-purchase on Steam receive a 10% discount and gain early access to the beta on August 14. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features an arsenal of over 45 weapons, loads of maps, new game modes, new visuals, leaderboards and over 165 Steam Achievements.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be officially launched on August 21.
Futuremark has announced that Acer, Intel, Qualcomm Incorporated and SingTel-Optus have joined its Benchmark Development Program to create a new 3DMark gaming benchmark for Android-based tablets and smartphones. Launching later this year, 3DMark for Android will measure gaming performance using graphics rendering, CPU, and physics tests with stunning real-time graphics that will push OpenGL ES2.0 to the limit. The results from 3DMark for Android will be comparable to the results from the new 3DMark for Windows, also to be released later this year.
Google has announced a new search feature for smartphones and tablets. Dubbed Handwrite, the feature allows you to make searches from Google.com using your fingers rather than typing the words on the keyboard. As you write, your handwritten text converts into words in the search box.
To enable Handwrite, visit www.google.com on your smartphone or tablet, click “Settings,” found at the bottom of the page, and then enable Handwrite.
Once the feature is enabled, tap the Handwrite icon on the bottom right corner of your screen to activate the writing surface. Write a few letters and you’ll see autocomplete options appear below the search box. If one of the options is what you’re looking for, just tap it to search. For longer queries, you can continue writing and use the arrows next to the autocompletions to move the right one into the search box. Since you can write anywhere, you don’t have to look back and forth repeatedly from the keyboard to the search box.
This feature is currently available in 27 languages.
Apple has just announced that its OS X Mountain Lion operating system is available as a download from the Mac App Store. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes iCloud integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring, and Game Center. Additional features in Mountain Lion include the new Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the Internet safer; Power Nap, which automatically updates your apps and system while your Mac is asleep; and a faster Safari browser.
Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for USD 19.99.
Epson’s Discproducers are devices that combine data disc burning and label printing features in a single machine. You can burn the data onto a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc, and print the labels on them without having a separate machine for it, thereby greatly reducing the cost and time spent to prepare discs. With a capacity of up to 100 discs on most models, you can start up the Epson Discproducer and leave it to finish the job while you do something else.
Epson’s Discproducer series has been used by a wide variety of organizations, including software companies, system service providers, photo print shops, schools, and local governments. Click here to know more about this product.
The world’s third largest spam botnet, known as Grum, has finally been knocked down, thanks to a joint effort between security specialists from EUA, UK and Russia. The Grum botnet was responsible for 18% of the world’s spam.