Lenovo slims down, adds horsepower to new ThinkPads

From InfoWorld: Thinner, lighter, faster ... expensive: Here come Lenovo's new ThinkPads, which also have longer battery life.

Lenovo hasn't radically changed the new ThinkPads, and for good reason. Its committed user base resists product overhauls. Headlined by the ultrathin ThinkPad Carbon X1 and workhorse ThinkPad X250, the new laptops now have Intel's latest fifth-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.

The feature phone isn't dead yet: Microsoft launches $29 Nokia 215

From PC World: Launching a feature phone at the beginning of 2015 may seem strange, but Microsoft is convinced there is still a market for the Nokia 215 as a second phone and in parts of the world were electricity is scarce and budgets are small.

Microsoft calls Nokia 215 the company’s most affordable “Internet-ready entry-level phone” with Facebook and Twitter integration. The screen measures 2.4 inches and the camera has a 0.3-megapixel resolution.

HP shrinks the desktop into the Pavilion and Steam Mini

From CNET: HP's biggest consumer PC announcement at CES 2015 is a very small one -- a pair of pocket-sized desktop computers called the Pavilion Mini and the Stream Mini.

What do you do with your old PCs?

I use it for other purposes
54% (78 votes)
I sell them/give it away
34% (49 votes)
I store them/trash them
12% (17 votes)
Total votes: 144

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 970 4GB Review (Page 1 of 13)

Happy New Year! When it comes to being a position of great importance, it is easy to think being the first in command is the most desirable job. However, I would like to propose today that, while being at the top does have its perks and benefits, being second-to-one may actually be better than being second-to-none in many ways. For example, in US politics, it seems to me that no matter who the President is, or what he does, at least half the country will disagree with him; and in this endless cycle of vote-and-regret, the President gets blamed for pretty much everything that goes wrong. Recession? Blame Obama. ISIS? Blame Obama. Ebola? Blame Obama. Hurricanes? Blame Obama. The list goes on. While I am not here to debate the merits of President Obama, or are even remotely interested in debating US politics (I am not even American), the point I am trying to get across today is, the President gets blamed for everything, whether it is within his control or not, while nobody really cares about the Vice President. As such, I personally think it is much better to be the Vice President than the President. You still get more power than you would ever need, important enough to make a difference, yet you can slip under the blame-radar of most people if anything goes wrong. Simply put, the price for being the President of the United States is exponentially higher than being the Vice President. Similarly, the price you pay to buy the fastest video card in the market is usually quite high. But if you are willing to sacrifice 10-15% of the performance and go for the second best, how much money can you save? For about 40% less cash than the GTX 980, the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 970 4GB promises to deliver near-flagship performance at a fraction of the cost. Combined with Gigabyte's factory overclock, WindForce 3X cooler, and Ultra Durable components, have we found a good Vice President of video cards today? We have one in for nomination here at APH Networks.

Sony tries to appease PlayStation users after Christmas outage

From PC World: If you got a PlayStation 4 for Christmas but network outages spoiled your fun, Sony wants to make it up to you.

Sony Computer Entertainment America will offer 10 percent off PlayStation Store purchases including games, TV shows and movies as a gesture of thanks for users’ patience following an outage of several days caused by denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Samsung: Tizen OS will power our smart TVs in 2015

From CNET: Samsung's Tizen operating system will power all the company's smart TVs in 2015, the Korean electronics maker announced Wednesday, another step in Samsung's efforts to gain a foothold for the troubled OS.

"The way society consumes entertainment...has evolved and now includes multiple devices and endless content from a variety of sources," the company said in a release about the new TVs. "Recognizing this shift, Samsung's new platform was designed to deliver an integrated entertainment experience that is at once streamlined and powerful."

China's ZTE Sees a Major Rebranding, Revamps Logo, Slogan, and Philosophy

From DailyTech: It's a good time to be a phonemaker in the world's largest smartphone market -- China. Just ask Xiaomi, the world's third largest phonemaker (and top phonemaker in China), who was just valued at $45B USD -- making it one of the most valuable companies in the China (and on of the most valuable tech companies in the world.

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year! The team here at APH Networks would like to wish everyone all the best in 2015. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. Stay tuned for all the awesome we have in store for you!

LG reveals the first ultrawide gaming display with AMD FreeSync support

From PC World: The stars finally seem to be aligning for the launch of AMD’s FreeSync monitor technology, which forces the refresh rate of your graphics card and your display to synchronize, eliminating ugly screen tearing and reducing stuttering issues. After months of teasing the tech, AMD rolled out FreeSync support in its sweeping, feature-packed Catalyst Omega driver, shortly after Samsung announced a line of FreeSync-compatible 4K monitors. Now, LG’s poised to launch a FreeSync display that seems tailor made for gamers: A 34-inch model with an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio.

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