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  • Hadopi : alerte aux emails frauduleux (Génération NT: logiciels)
    La Hadopi lance un appel à la vigilance en raison de l'envoi de faux emails.
  • Sony: Le FBI confirme la piste des pirates de Corée du Nord (MacBidouille)

    Le FBI a mis en ligne un document sur l'état de ses investigations autour du piratage de Sony Pictures Entertainment. L'agence américaine confirme que tout porte à croire que les pirates ont agi depuis la Corée du Nord.
    Elle a démontré que le code utilisé dans les malwares mis en oeuvre reprend de nombreuses portions identiques à d'autres logiciels déjà utilisés de manière avérée par des pirates gouvernementaux de ce pays. Il en va de même pour les infrastructures matérielles qui ont servi à perpétrer l'attaque. On les a aussi retrouvé lors de l'attaque massive qu'a subi la Corée du Sud en mars dernier.
    Pendant ce temps les autorités de Corée du Nord nient toute implication mais le FBI ne formule guère de doute sur l'origine de ces attaques.

  • NVIDIA 347.09 Beta Drivers Available (AnandTech)

    After the last 344.75 NVIDIA driver update, I thought maybe we might not get any more updates until the New Year. Certainly I wasn't expecting to move from the R343 category of drivers to R346, but today NVIDIA has done just that. This is also one of the rare instances where NVIDIA has released a beta driver this year; the last official beta came back in June with 340.43, after which NVIDIA had six straight WHQL updates. You can find the drivers at the usual place.

    I have to be clear, however: NVIDIA's driver numbers can often be something of a mystery, and this is a great example. One look at the full release notes (PDF) and I have to ask: why is this 347.09 instead of 344.80? NVIDIA might know, but I asked and they're basically not telling. The jump in numbering would usually suggest at least some new feature, but if it exists it isn't explicitly listed anywhere. More likely it's something that will come with a future update, but then why bump the number in advance?

    I also like how this is part of the "Release 346" branch, but it comes with a 347 major revision (similar to how the Release 343 drivers started with 344 numbering). Of course, you can find 343.xx and 346.xx drivers for Linux, so that at least explains the main branch labeling somewhat.

    The main reason for the driver release appears to be getting a Game Ready driver for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which was released yesterday for PCs. This is also a Game Ready driver for Elite: Dangerous apparently, which might seem a bit odd as Elite: Dangerous was already listed back with the 344.65 update; then again, the game was in early access for Kickstarters before, where now it has officially launched.

    Other than being Game Ready for those two titles, the only other changes mentioned are some 3D profile updates, a new profile for Project CARS (apparently for developers and testers, as that game isn't due for release for another three months), and a few miscellaneous bug fixes. We haven't had a chance to do any testing of the new drivers, but NVIDIA didn't mention performance changes so I wouldn't expect much.

    I should also note that the AMD Omega Drivers came out almost two weeks back, and I have done some testing of those. We had planned for a launch day article but due to sickness that has not yet been completed. I can report that the Omega drivers appear to be an improvement in performance or at least status quo for all of the games I tested, and a few titles (BioShock Infinite in particular) show a rather large performance increase. We will hopefully have the full write up posted shortly, but if you haven't updated I have found no reason to hold off doing so.

  • Google Chrome : les sites non-HTTPS montrés du doigt (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Les ingénieurs de Google Chrome proposent de mettre en œuvre un système d'alerte pour les internautes qui s'apprêtent à consulter des sites Web non-HTTPS.
  • HP Stream 7 Review: A $119 Windows Tablet (AnandTech)

    Late last month, we published our yearly holiday guide for people interested in buying tablets. We took a look at what we considered to be the best tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows as these have become the three dominant operating systems among tablets. That said, users are likely more familiar with iOS and Android tablets than they are with ones that run Windows, myself included. To get a better feel for the Windows tablet market, particularly the low-cost options, today we're looking at the HP Stream 7. Read on for our full review, and see what you can get for $119.

  • CCleaner pour Windows : nouvelle fonction et consommation mieux maitrisée (Génération NT: logiciels)
    L’éditeur Piriform nous livre une nouvelle version de son célèbre outil de nettoyage CCleaner, une mouture Windows estampillée 5.01 et annoncée comme la dernière de l’année 2014.
  • Une backdoor sur des terminaux Android chinois (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Une porte dérobée baptisée CoolReaper a été découverte sur des appareils mobiles Android du fabricant chinois Coolpad.
  • Holiday Guides 2014: Monitors (AnandTech)

    With the holidays here, it’s time to look back on the monitors I’ve seen in the past year and determine what really stands out. This year has seen the availability of 4K displays rise while the price has fallen dramatically. Where the first 4K display we reviewed cost over $3,000, now I see a 4K monitor at Costco for under $600 when I go shopping, or you can even find them for $400 at Monoprice.

    This rapid rise in availability of panels has not been without issues, as DisplayPort and HDMI hardware are still playing catch-up, while Windows continues to lag with DPI scaling. With these two issues, my advice on 4K remains to wait until you can buy a display with HDMI 2.0 and/or DisplayPort 1.3 chipsets so you are not stuck using MST and other work arounds to drive them past 30Hz. This also gives software vendors more time to bring their software up to speed with HiDPI resolutions and scaling inside of OS X and Windows.

    My recommendations for displays focus on general use and not on gaming or professionals. This next year will see more gaming display reviews coming, so people after those will be happy to see more reviews in that area soon.

    Monoprice Glass Panel Pro

    This was technically reviewed in 2013, but in 2014 the price has dropped down to $300 and it remains a very good value for a 27” WQHD display. You can save a bit more on a Korean import, but my testing found those to have worse uniformity and image quality, as well as the inherent issues with importing something where customer and warranty support is across an ocean. 27” displays are still the sweet spot for value and usability right now though I imagine 4K panels will take over next year sometime. Dual 27” monitors have been the standard in my house for a couple of years now, and the Monoprice is where I would look to get an affordable one now.

    LG 34UM95

    21:9 monitors made me more disappointed than anything else their first 18 months in existence. As someone who loves 2.39:1 movies, the desktop versions of these displays just were too tight. The vertical resolution caused me to feel like there isn’t enough room to really spread out and work on multiple items at once, and the width made working on one item, unless it was a massive spreadsheet, have too much wasted space. They worked great for gaming and movies, but not for daily use.

    The $900 LG 34UM95 changed this by moving from 1080p to 1440p for the vertical resolution. Now you can work on two items side-by-side perfectly. The integrated Thunderbolt ports allow it to work as a USB hub for a MacBook as well. The display quality is very good, but it is really the form factor that sets the LG apart. I’ve grown used to having two, or three or four, displays on my desk at once. If I could only have a single display, it would be the LG 34UM95 as it is the only one that really made multitasking easy to do.

    NEC EA244UHD

    While I think that 4K isn’t quite here yet, the $1,400 NEC EA244UHD is the closest to ready I have seen in a monitor. I had zero issues with MST when running at 60Hz which I cannot say for any other 4K monitor to this point. It also has the single best uniformity of any display I have seen to date. This isn’t from the NEC PA professional line, so it lacks the calibration options of those, but for most consumers it offers an incredibly accurate, totally uniform image that will satisfy almost everyone.

    The 24” size is small enough that you’ll want to use DPI scaling, which will work better with OS X than in Windows at this point. I personally would still pick the LG 34UM95 because I think the larger size makes it a more usable display, but if you want UltraHD resolutions and the best performance, the NEC EA244UHD is a very good pick.

     

  • TV: LG va passer à WebOS 2.0 (MacBidouille)

    LG présentera au CES ses premiers téléviseurs utilisant le système d'exploitation WebOS 2. Ce dernier doit permettre à la société de convaincre les client à acheter des téléviseurs 4K aux rares contenus en allant piocher sur ceux proposés par Amazon et Netflix.

    Fidèle à son habitude Apple semble vouloir prendre son temps pour proposer des contenus 4K. Certes, il n'y a encore qu'un parc très restreint d'écrans capables de lire ces contenus mais cela aurait de la gueule de pouvoir regarder des films 4K sur l'iMac Retina.
    Il faudra certainement qu'arrive le h.265 et que la société ait un nouveau modèle d'Apple TV capable de supporter ces définitions pour qu'iTunes commence à proposer des contenus Ultra HD.

  • Toshiba lance des disques de 6 To à 7200 tours par minute (MacBidouille)

    Toshiba a annoncé la sortie au premier trimestre 2015 de son nouveau disque sur MG04 de 6 To.

    Ce disque destiné aux marchés professionels tourne à 7200 tours par minutes et est garanti pour un fonctionnement en 24/7. Il est aussi doté d'un système de cache persistante destiné à éviter toute perte de donnée en cas de coupure de courant. 
    On ne connaît pas le prix mais il sera certainement salé. Notez pour finir que Toshiba le garantit pour 550 To d'écriture par an ce qui représente des écritures continues pendant plus de la moitié de l'année à 200 Mo/s.

  • Choix du navigateur : c'est fini pour Windows ! (Génération NT: logiciels)
    L'écran de sélection du navigateur pour les utilisateurs européens de Windows a trépassé. Ce n'est plus une obligation imposée à Microsoft par la Commission européenne.
  • GIGABYTE X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review (AnandTech)

    The gaming motherboard range from a manufacturer is one with a lot of focus in terms of design and function due to the increase in gaming related PC sales. On the Haswell-E side of gaming, GIGABYTE is putting forward the X99-Gaming G1 WIFI at the top of its stack, and this is what we are reviewing today. 

  • Best High-End Laptops: Holiday 2014 (AnandTech)

    High-End Laptop Recommendations

    Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream offerings – and let's not forget the related Tablets guide, which overlaps with hybrid devices. Today, we wrap up our laptop coverage with the final catch-all category: "high-end" laptops. High-end means different things to different people, and with a price range of $1500 to $3000+ (you can spend more, but we'll try to keep things at least somewhat reasonable) there are a ton of options.

    The bird's eye overview is that most people spending this much money on a laptop want a top quality device that also offers excellent performance, and it should have a display and build quality to match. Even with those constraints, however, there's still some wiggle room, and there are frankly a lot of potential options. I can't hope to cover every single one, but if you're wondering what I think are the best laptops of the past year or so, this is my current "Who's Who" list.

    Broadly speaking, there are four major categories of high-end laptops. First is your do everything go anywhere laptop that may not offer the absolute fastest performance, but it's also not going to require you to lug around the AC adapter and constantly be on the lookout for power outlets. This is the jack of all trades category, which means office, internet, multimedia, and even moderate gaming are all possible – and again, battery life shouldn't have to suffer in the process. Then of course we have gaming-centric notebooks that will sacrifice battery life in order to give you the best notebook gaming experience possible. Third are the business laptops, which really make up the final two categories. There are general purpose business laptops, and then there are mobile workstations; in many ways the two are similar to the general use and gaming notebooks, as mobile workstations are typically business class laptops but with a workstation class GPU.

    I mentioned in the Best $1000 Laptops guide that I get pretty particular about what a laptop needs to include once we hit the $1000 mark, and that applies even more when we're talking about $1500 and up. There's absolutely no reason to skimp on things like memory and SSD storage at this price point, and as far as I'm concerned the use of a merely average (meaning, TN and/or lower resolution) display is a serious mistake as well. But perhaps the best way to illustrate what sort of laptops qualify as great high-end offerings is to get right into our recommendations.

    But before we do that, we do need to mention the elephant sitting in the corner: Broadwell. All of the laptops we're looking at in the high-end market come with Intel's Haswell processors, and we know that Broadwell updates will be launching in the near future. Core M (Broadwell-Y, aka BDW-Y) has already launched in a few products, but it's important not to judge "big Broadwell" by the BDW-Y performance – doing so would be akin to judging the quality of Dell's $2000+ laptops by their $500 offerings, or at least thinking the performance of a 50HP car could tell you all that you need to know about a 400HP car. Basically, the extremely limited TDP of BDW-Y makes it difficult to say how standard voltage Broadwell will perform. We could also get into Skylake, and perhaps some of the laptop manufacturers will choose to bypass Broadwell altogether and simply wait for Skylake, but that could be a dangerous waiting game considering Skylake won't appear until 2H'15.

    It's not just about Broadwell/Skylake either; several laptops are still using previous generation NVIDIA Kepler GPUs, and while the new GM204 stuff isn't due to be superseded any time soon, quite a few laptops with 700M or GTX 870M are still shipping in the latest configurations from certain OEMs. GTX 970M should be a pretty easy upgrade from GTX 870M, as I'd expect similar thermal requirements, and we've seen several companies do exactly that. The others I'm guessing are waiting for Broadwell before making the switch, although for gaming purposes Broadwell vs. Haswell isn't likely to be a major change. So while we have recommendations today, there will almost certainly be new Broadwell versions in the not too distant future.

    All Purpose High-End Laptops

    Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 ($2409)

    Let's get this out of the way: I'm not a MacBook or an OS X user; I prefer Windows, thank-you-very-much (but I have nothing against people who don't). That said, if you want a laptop that gets basically every aspect right, Apple is the company to beat and the MacBook Pro Retina 15 shows exactly why that's the case. It starts with the marquee feature, a high resolution 2880x1800 IPS display – and yes, Apple is one of the few companies to eschew the cost-saving decision to move to 16:9 aspect ratio displays (at least on the MacBook line; the latest iMacs are 16:9). The display looks great, and what's more, it comes with very good color accuracy out of the box. That alone puts it above the vast majority of competing laptops, but it doesn't end there.

    Apple was one of the first companies to go "all-in" on SSD storage, starting with the MacBook Air and not long afterwards doing the same for the MacBook Pro. There are size benefits to using SSDs of course, but performance – and more importantly, long-term performance over years of use – is the biggest draw, as there's no need to defragment your drive and random access speeds are orders of magnitude faster than a conventional hard drive. The latest MacBook Pro laptops have moved to PCIe based storage, further improving performance. The processor is top of the line as well, with the Crystal Well i7-4750HQ powering the base model, delivering the fastest integrated graphics that Intel offers. Of course, the model we're recommending comes with the i7-4870HQ (2.5-3.7GHz), and for graphics duties it also adds the GeForce GT 750M (which is due for an upgrade).

    Rounding out the performance aspects, you also get 3x3 802.11ac WiFi (no other laptop I'm aware of supports three 11ac streams) and 16GB RAM, with battery life upwards of eight hours for realistic use. Now on top of that add the excellent build quality and aesthetics, and then throw in a touchpad that's unmatched in the PC space as far as I've seen. About the only knock against the MacBook Pro Retina 15 (or 13 if you don't need the added performance of a quad-core CPU and Iris Pro Graphics / GT 750M) is that the price is higher than the competition, but there is not a single Windows laptop that can beat Apple in every single area. The one caveat is that Apple's focus remains OS X, and while you can install Windows on a MacBook you are somewhat limited on graphics driver support and battery life takes a hit. Still, it's no surprise there are plenty of people that buy a MacBook Retina and then run Windows on it. A Broadwell (or Skylake) update is inevitable, but until that happens this is the all-around laptop to beat.

    The MacBook Pro Retina 13 is a decent option as well, with the smaller size limiting some of the performance aspects. If you need more than a MacBook Air but don't want the size of the rMBP15, the rMBP13 is a viable choice. You'll get a dual-core processor, and given the difficulty of upgrading the storage I'd suggest going for the 512GB model for just under $1800, though the 256GB model at around $1500 isn't bad. The i5-4308U processor comes with Intel's Iris Graphics, but not the embedded DRAM so it's not quite as potent.

    Dell XPS 15 9530 ($2002)

    I just said that you couldn't beat Apple's MBP Retina 15 in every area, but that doesn't mean you can't come awfully close. Dell's XPS 15 is arguably the best alternative, and it actually exceeds Apple's offering in a few areas, though it also falls short in others. Starting with the good, the resolution is 3200x1800 and you get a touchscreen as a bonus. For the $2000 model we're recommending, you also get 512GB SSD storage and a large battery that results in good battery life. Of course $2000 means you're paying $400 less than the rMBP15, which is no small savings, and you still get a great looking laptop with a GT 750M graphics chip.

    So where does Dell's XPS 15 fall short? There are really only a few potential concerns. First, the color accuracy of the display doesn't match the rMBP without doing calibration, and that's not something everyone is able to do as it requires another $150+ in hardware and software. Second, there are no Thunderbolt ports, which may or may not matter – most of the people I know that use Thunderbolt peripherals are also using Mac hardware.

    Finally, in terms of performance, the i7-4712HQ processor is reasonably fast, but Apple's base model includes the i7-4750HQ which is slightly faster and also has better processor graphics; the upgraded rMBP15 models meanwhile further distance themselves in CPU performance. I think part of the reason for Apple's advantage in CPU performance is that they have a superior cooling solution – in our review, the XPS 15 did get quite warm, and we had occasional throttling issues that required a reboot to restore performance levels. Apple also uses a PCIe-based SSD compared to a SATA-based design in the XPS 15, and they have a 3x3 802.11ac adapter compared to Dell's 2x2 solution; it's not going to be a huge difference for most users, but Apple does still lead in these areas.

    Overall, the XPS 15 is a great laptop, and it can handle just about everything you might want to throw at it. If you generally prefer running Windows instead of OS X, the price makes the XPS 15 a very compelling alternative. Again, the biggest issue now is more a question of timing, as the current XPS 15 is over a year old and is thus due for some upgrades. Note also that there are less expensive XPS 15 models with 1080p displays (pretty sure they're TN, though I couldn't confirm), but they tend to compromise other areas as well (e.g. less battery capacity and only a caching SSD along with a conventional hard drive for storage). $1648 isn't a bad price for what you get, but the extras that come with the higher spec model are certainly worth the price increase in my book.

    Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus ($1500)

    If you're looking for other alternatives, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is basically a competitor to the rMBP13. For $1500 with the current $300 sale, you get an i7-4500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a beautiful 3200x1800 QHD+ touchscreen display. The overall design and aesthetics of the Book 9 Plus are also great, and you get about seven hours of reasonable use battery life in a three pound Ultrabook package. There are less expensive models that still come with the stellar QHD PLS display, and the current sale knocks $300 off the price, but the base model only comes with a rather limiting 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD, which is why I held off listing this in the mainstream guide. Note that out-of-box color accuracy is again average, so if color accuracy is important you'll need to calibrate the display yourself.

    High-End Gaming Laptops

    MSI GT72 Dominator Pro ($3200)

    If you want the flat-out best gaming notebook currently available (in my opinion of course), look no further than MSI's new GT72 Dominator Pro. There are several GT72 models available, including those with GTX 970M graphics, but for a no-compromise notebook you'll really want to get GTX 980M in the GT72 Dominator Pro-445. What's special about that model (as well as the even more expensive Pro-444) is that it includes an IPS display, fixing pretty much the only real complaint I had with the GT72 we reviewed. Other impressive features include an i7-4860HQ processor, 32GB RAM, 512GB (4x128GB RAID) SSD storage, 1TB HDD storage, and an excellent cooling solution. Ironically, one of the few classes of notebook that could legitimately drive HiDPI displays in games is not yet available with a HiDPI option – 17.3" notebooks are pretty niche these days and unfortunately I haven't seen any with more than a 1920x1080 display.

    The MSI GT72 also manages to deliver good battery life, thanks to the ability to disable the GTX 980M, reboot, and run on the internal graphics. It's perhaps not always the ideal way of doing things, but most notebook gamers don't worry too much about battery life regardless and it's always nice to have the option if needed. Aesthetically, I think the GT72 also wins out over the competition from Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, and Toshiba (not to mention the previous generation MSI GT60/GT70); obviously aesthetics are mostly personal preference, so feel free to disagree. The Alienware 17 of course is still in need of an update to 970M/980M, so until that happens I'd pass on the current GTX 860M/870M/880M models.

    If you're looking for other options, I'd place the ASUS ROG G751JY next in line for top gaming notebook. ASUS has a good design with ample cooling, and the price is better than the GT72. $2824 right now will get you the same i7-4860HQ, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD (PCIe instead of RAID SATA M.2), 1TB HDD, and an IPS 1080p display as the GT72. My only real complaint against the ASUS G751JY is that I prefer the look of the MSI GT72. Then again, the price difference (for models with an IPS panel) is pretty significant, at more than $300, which means for a lot of people the ASUS notebook is going to be a better bargain. In that case, you should look at the lower spec G751JY, which drops to 256GB of SSD storage and 24GB RAM with an i7-4710HQ for $2278 but otherwise has the same specs as the more expensive model. Bang for the buck, that's the best way to get a GTX 980M right now.

    Gigabyte's new P35Xv3-CF4 is so new that I haven't seen any reviews yet, but it's very intriguing and could potentially top the list if it manages to stay cool enough. It has a 15.6" 2880x1620 display, which means it's likely the same panel as the MSI GS60 we looked at. The chassis is quite thin, especially when you factor in the presence of a GTX 980M GPU. It measures just 20.9mm thick (0.82") and weighs 2.2kg (4.84 lbs.), which is about half the size of the GT72. You can even get two mSATA SSDs, a 2.5" HDD, and an optical drive with the P35Xv3. Pricing is a bit higher and I'm a bit concerned about cooling a 980M in such a slim chassis, but assuming everything works properly this is a pretty awesome looking gaming notebook.

    If you're simply looking for the least expensive option with a GTX 980M, however, that crown currently belongs to Clevo (with the MSI GT70 coming close, depending on specs). The Clevo P650SG is a 15.6" chassis that can be found with 3K and 4K displays at some boutiques, but $1859 will get you a 1080p IPS display which is a great starting point. To get the price that low there are other compromises, like a 128GB SSD instead of a larger model and "only" 16GB RAM (which is still plenty for most users). I haven't had a chance to personally test the P650SG so I can't say for certain whether it's a noteworthy improvement over the previous generation of Clevo notebooks (P150SM/P157SM and P170SM/P177SM); that said, the design has been updated and support for optical drives was dropped in the process, and at least in images and on paper the new Clevo notebooks look decent.

    There are a few other gaming notebook potentials worth mentioning, though I'm not going to explicitly recommend any of these right now. First, the Razer Blade 14 has a lot of great elements and strikes a nice balance of size and performance. It's sort of like the gaming equivalent of a MacBook Pro Retina, though the gaming slant does change the looks quite a bit and battery life takes a hit in the process. The biggest issue with the Razer Blade 14 (and the Razer Blade Pro for that matter, which tops out at a GTX 860M) is that the Blade hasn't been updated to use the new GTX 970M yet. And really, that's the only thing I want from the Blade right now, as otherwise it's an excellent laptop. It has a great display and excellent build quality, so it's pretty much the souped-up "Men in Black" take on the rMBP and XPS 15. Gigabyte's AUROS X3 is in a similar situation: GTX 870M with a $2100 price tag make it difficult to recommend for pure gaming, though the 14" 3200x1800 display and 512GB RAID SSD storage at least is good; give me 970M and I'm sold.

    There are even more powerful gaming notebooks out there, but SLI/CrossFire notebooks really compromise on the "notebook" aspect and tend to be more "luggable" computers. There are really only two companies doing SLI notebooks these days, Clevo and Alienware (note that Sager is really just Clevo, but with modified model names). Starting with Alienware, the AW18 is now the only SLI option, and as with the AW17 it hasn't been updated with (official) support for GTX 970M/980M yet, so I'd hold off until that happens if you're interested in an Alienware SLI notebook. Clevo on the other hand has several variations of SLI notebooks. The P370SM-A/P375SM-A/P377SM-A models support mobile Haswell CPUs (up to i7-4940MX) and SLI GTX 980M, while the truly monstrous P570WM3 supports desktop LGA2011 CPUs (up to i7-4960X) with SLI 980M. We're due for an update of the SLI models, at least I think we are, so it might be best to wait a bit longer at this point. There are also new Clevo P7xxZM models coming, apparently in both 15.6" and 17.3" configurations, which support desktop Haswell CPUs up to the i7-4790K and a single GPU (up to GTX 980M), but I don't know of any companies currently shipping those.

    On the SLI front, we can also give a shout out to the Gigabyte AUROS X7v2-CF1, which supports SLI GTX 860M. The problem is that GTX 860M SLI is going to deliver about the same level of performance as a single GTX 980M, there's not really a price advantage for the AUROS over the GT72, and you still have to deal with the occasional issues of running two GPUs instead of a single GPU. It's still a nice looking laptop with good specs, but unless there's a pricing advantage I would always recommend taking a single GPU over two GPUs that may or may not be able to equal the single GPU.

    High-End Business Laptops

    It can be hard to find well equipped business laptops that don't cost too much, which almost inherently makes all good business notebooks "high-end" offerings. By the time you outfit a business class laptop with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD (which is pretty much my baseline recommendation for any serious laptop), $1500 is a reasonable starting point, and other options can quickly scale the price to $2000 or more. As far as other features are concerned, really the only thing I think most business users need is a good display, good build quality, and good battery life – I've supported executives with laptops in the past and pure performance or the presence of a discrete GPU is almost never a factor.

    Lenovo ThinkPad T440s ($1387)

    ThinkPads in my mind are the quintessential business laptop. They may not look particularly sexy, and if you're after vibrant colors there are very few options, but the T-series in particular has a well-earned reputation of being built to last. I've seen ThinkPads from the early Core Duo days that are still running strong and the owners continue using them. The T440s is the latest in the line of T-series laptops and it's due for replacement as it's more than a year old, but it will be several months before we see any Broadwell versions.

    The ThinkPad T440s is a great business laptop with excellent battery life – the 3-cell battery lasts over seven hours while the upgraded 6-cell high capacity option doubles that to more than 14 hours of mobility. While there are less expensive models, they often compromise on storage and memory so I recommend looking at the $1749 (on sale for under $1400) model. That gets you a 14" 1080p IPS display (note that certain models have a 1600x900 TN display), 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and Core i7-4600U processor so you’ve got everything most business users could want. The T440s is thinner than previous T-series offerings, measuring 0.81" thick and weighing 3.5 pounds with the 3-cell battery. It’s not the fastest, thinnest, or lightest business laptop in the world, and as with most business offerings the price is a bit higher than I'd like, but overall this is a great laptop.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ($1775)

    If you're after something sleeker than the T440s, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon gets my recommendation. Performance is going to be similar to the above T440s, as the model I recommend basically has the same components: i7-4600U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. The main advantage of the X1 Carbon is that it has a touchscreen 2560x1440 IPS display, plus it's thinner and lighter than the T440s and the standard battery is good for up to 9 hours of mobility. Considering the upgrade in display quality, the current price of $1775 is fairly reasonable, though I'd pass on the less expensive models that ship with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X240 ($1587-$1866)

    Another option is for those that want gobs of battery life – without having to carry around a sheet battery. Lenovo's X240 starts at a bargain price of around $850, but the trimmings are decidedly lacking for the base model. Add the 1080p IPS upgrade, a faster Core i5 or Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 801.11ac dual band WiFi, and the 6-cell battery upgrade and you're looking at $1500-$1900. The display is slightly smaller than the X1 Carbon (12.5" instead of 14"), but the real selling point of the X240 is the internal 3-cell 24Wh battery with a swappable 3-cell 24Wh battery, or more importantly the 6-cell 72Wh option. That gives a combined 96Wh of battery capacity, delivering over 18 hours of mobility. Granted, the 6-cell battery protrudes quite a bit from the bottom of the chassis, but I still think it's better than a sheet battery, and build quality on the X240 is also great.

    In terms of other options for business laptops, the consumer class notebooks mentioned above are still viable – MacBook Pro Retina, Dell XPS, etc. are all solid offerings that could work in a business environment (unless there's a need for specific business features). Dell, HP, and others also make competing business laptops, but while I complained about Lenovo's prices being a bit higher than I'd like, the fact is the alternatives are generally no better – and they're often worse. Still, there are some decent options. HP's Folio 1040xt G1 for instance comes with the i7-4650U, which means it has HD 5000 Graphics instead of HD 4400. I'm not sure that really matters much for a business users, but the 14" Ultrabook also comes with a 1080p IPS display, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. The price however is $1939, so it's about the same as (slightly more than) X1 Carbon.

    Dell's Latitude line requires you to buy from the 5000 or 7000 series if you want similar specs to the ThinkPads listed above, and battery life tends to be somewhat lower. Right now, however, there are some good sales running on Dell's site – the Latitude E5450 for instance is $1259 (normally $1749) with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p (IPS I think) LCD, and an i5-4310U; it's a bit chunky at nearly four pounds, but overall the price is very good for the specs. The Latitude E7440 meanwhile upgrades some of the materials and is built to be a bit more durable while being lighter, though it still weighs 3.6 pounds. The price however is a rather large jump considering otherwise similar specs: $1685 (on sale from $2404). If you're after more performance and don't care as much about weight, the Latitude E6540 is an older design (similar to the earlier XPS 15 models in aesthetics) that boasts higher performance components, and the current price is $1718 (normally $2455). It comes with a standard voltage i7-4610M, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6" 1080p LCD (good quality TN, but still TN), and a large 97Wh battery that protrudes from the back; it also has Radeon HD 8790M graphics. Without the sales, I'd look elsewhere, but Dell often has some form of sale so they're definitely worth a look.

    Mobile Workstations

    Before we get started with our final category, let's make things clear: when we talk about a mobile workstation, the first requirement is that the laptop/notebook has some form of professional graphics – basically it needs an NVIDIA Quadro an AMD FirePro GPU. That alone is enough to technically qualify as a mobile workstation, but when I hear the term "workstation" I'm generally going to think of much higher than baseline performance. So while Dell's Precision M3800 qualifies, the Quadro K1100M is a bit weak – and the same holds for the HP ZBook 14 with its AMD FirePro M4100. The M3800 incidentally is literally the same laptop as the XPS 15, with about a $200 price premium and the Quadro K1100M instead of the GeForce GT 750M. Anyway, if you want a lighter "mobile workstation" then those are basically the two best options, but I'm going to be looking at more potent GPUs. The bare minimum would be the equivalent of the GTX class, so K2100M/K3000M or above; on the AMD side, I'm looking for FirePro M5100/M6000 or above.

     

    Dell Precision M6800 ($4185)
    HP ZBook 17 G2 ($4478)

    For maximum performance from a mobile workstation, you're going to want the fastest GPU possible, and right now that's the Quadro K5100M from NVIDIA. It's still a Kepler-based solution, so we'll probably see Maxwell GM204 derived offerings in the next six months or less, but until that happens this is as good as it gets for notebooks. There are currently three options for getting a K5100M: the Dell Precision M6800, the HP ZBook 17, or one of Clevo's notebooks. I'll admit that I'm biased against Clevo for this market, simply because I don't feel they're built as well or look as nice as the ZBook or Precision offerings, but they're definitely an option.

    Between the HP and Dell options, really it's basically a toss-up in most areas. The ZBook 17 G2 is a newer design than the M6800 and HP's DreamColor display is an option (that adds $650 to the price compared to the standard IPS 1080p display), but both notebooks are very clearly business offerings and they don't really rock the boat in terms of aesthetics. Both are available in fully configurable models, and that's what you'll need to choose in order to get the K5100M. For Clevo, there are quite a few vendors that stock Clevo notebooks, but not all of them support the K5100M in all possible models; I've deferred to checking prices on Eurocom for this article. As we're looking at top performance, for price comparisons I went with a close to maximum performance setup: i7-4910MQ, Quadro K5100M, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, a 17.3" 1920x1080 IPS display, and 2x2 802.11ac WiFi.

    Given those components, pricing puts Dell's Precision M6800 in the lead with a total cost of $4185 (on sale from a "normal" price of $5979). Second place in pricing goes to HP, where the 30% discount code on the configurable HP ZBook 17 G2 brings the total to $4478 (from the normal price of $6397, though HP's CTO options always seem to have a discount running). Looking at Clevo builds, they generally end up in the region of $4600-$4800, depending on which model you're using. Note that with the DreamColor display, HP ends up at $4933, but they're the only ones offering a truly high-end panel that I can see.

      

    Lenovo ThinkPad W540 ($2258)
    Dell Precision M4800 ($2337)
    HP ZBook 15 G2 ($2615)

    If you don't need absolute maximum performance from a mobile workstation and are willing to step down to a more moderate GPU, a few other options become available. Lenovo's ThinkPad W540 is a good option, and with an i7-4700MQ, Quadro K2100M, 2x8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2880x1620 IPS display, and 2x2 802.11ac WiFi it carries a price tag of $2258 (currently on sale from $2509). Dell's Precision M4800 with a similar configuration (but with a 3200x1800 IPS display and i7-4710MQ) costs $2337 (on sale from $3338). The HP ZBook 15 G2 has similar specs to the Dell (QHD+ and i7-4710MQ) and costs $2615 (with the 32% discount code). The Dell and HP workstations can also be equipped with AMD's competing FirePro M5100 and save about $250 in the process, and in SPECviewperf 12 the M5100 is almost always faster than the K2100M – though the difference is far less pronounced in SPECviewperf 11. Most workstation users seem to prefer Quadro over FirePro in my experience, but if you're not locked into NVIDIA (e.g. CUDA) AMD often offers more bang for the buck.

    As for Clevo options, they're a bit more flexible as you can still get a 15.6" display with up to the Quadro K5100M; all of the big OEMs top out at K2100M, which is about one third the processing power and half the bandwidth of the K5100M. With similar components (i7-4700MQ, 2x8GB RAM, Quadro K2100M, 240GB SSD, 802.11ac, and a 1920x1080 display), the Eurocom Racer 3W will set you back $2039 – so it's the least expensive "moderate" mobile workstation, but it's also missing a 3K display option. Perhaps more interesting is that you can get the Quadro K3100M, which has twice the memory bandwidth and about 25% more compute performance than the K2100M, and the price is still only $2223. K4100M adds another $640 if you need it, while K5100M would bump the total to $3691 – basically, the K5100M would cost as much as the remainder of the notebook. For those looking at something more than the K2100M but not perhaps a K5100M, however, Clevo (along with some MSI builds) is a decent option.

    Closing Thoughts

    Wrapping things up, again the pending launch of Intel's Broadwell processors needs to be mentioned. It will require a new platform, however, so it could take several months before we see retail availability and there's likely to be at least a moderate price premium at launch. Broadwell may also improve battery life and efficiency over Haswell, but there's only so far a more efficient CPU can take you when you're dealing with all of the other components that use power. There's rarely any harm in waiting, though there are still quite a few sales going on that may not be around post-holidays, so if you're not in a hurry I'd suggest waiting for at least CES to pass to get an idea of when Broadwell laptops should ship.

    Basically, what it comes down to is this: when you're looking at spending $2000 or more on a high quality laptop, it's often best to buy right after new technology is released rather than just before the updates come out. Apple for example doesn't generally drop much in pricing over time, so what you'd pay today for a MacBook Pro Retina 15 isn't all that different from what people were paying at launch; it's just one year later with a few minor speed increases due to component upgrades. When the next generation of laptops with Broadwell launch in 2015, you should have the choice of either a less expensive Haswell model or the new Broadwell options, which makes far more sense than buying right before the updated platform is released. That doesn't mean you absolutely shouldn't upgrade right now, as there's always something new around the corner, but right now is likely a less opportune time for upgrading than we've seen in the past.

  • Windows 10 : plus de 1,5 million d'Insiders avant d'impressionner (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Microsoft montre ses chiffres pour la préversion technique de Windows 10. Une version préliminaire qui est testée très activement. Des choses impressionnantes sont annoncées pour Windows 10 en janvier.
  • End-To-End : le projet de chiffrement de Google sur GitHub (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Afin d'encourager de plus amples contributions de la communauté, Google met sur GitHub son projet End-To-End pour le chiffrement des emails de bout en bout.
  • Sony cède aux hackers - MàJ2 : La Corée du Nord est coupable (FBI) (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Après les menaces d'un 11 septembre 2001 par les Guardians of Peace, Sony Pictures renonce à la sortie du film " The Interview " le 25 décembre aux États-Unis. L'implication de la Corée du Nord dans le piratage informatique tend à se confirmer.
  • Orange attaqué aux Etats-Unis pour piratage et plagiat (MacBidouille)

    L'opérateur français Orange est poursuivi en Californie par une startup appelée Telesocial, qui porte de très lourdes accusations.
    En 2012, Orange était en pourparlers avec la société pour lui racheter du savoir-faire permettant de développer une application permettant de passer des appels de téléphonie via des réseaux sociaux. Peu après avoir coupé court aux discussions, Orange avait lancé PartyCall en s'étant entre temps rapproché de Facebook.
    PartyCall fait la même chose et maintenant Telesocial accuse Orange de l'avoir copié et même d'avoir volé des données. La société affirme en effet avoir les preuves d'intrusions réalisées sur ses serveurs par des salariés d'Orange qui auraient ainsi récupéré des données indispensables à la création de PartyCall.
    En France, Telesocial a été déboutée deux fois par la justice pour des accusations identiques. Elle espère certainement que les juridictions américaines seront plus sensibles à ses accusations.

  • Sony présente son appareil de réalité augmentée (MacBidouille)

    Alors que Google marque le pas avec ses Glass, Sony a présenté un produit fort similaire.

    Il se démarque toutefois par plusieurs points. Pour commencer, ce système autonome est à greffer sur les lunettes de son choix (il y aura forcément des impératifs de taille) ce qui permettra de l'utiliser sur des verres de vue adaptés.

    Le minuscule écran dont est doté le produit est aussi très différent. C'est un minuscule écran OLED de 0,23" doté d'une définition de 640 x 480 et sur lequel la société ne tarit pas d'éloges avec une luminosité de 800 cd/m2, un contraste de 10 000:1...

    Hélas, là encore ce n'est pas tant le produit qui pose problème mais les usages spécifiques que l'on peut en faire et il faut avouer que dans ce domaine on a les bœufs, la charrue mais rien encore à faire avec.

  • Le trafic des sites d'information marque le pas en Espagne (MacBidouille)

    Suite à une nouvelle loi espagnole qui l'obligeait à rémunérer les sites d'informations, Google a décidé de fermer là-bas son service Google News. On commence à avoir les premiers effets qu'a eu cette fermeture sur le trafic de ces sites.

    Ils auraient perdu entre 10 et 15% de leurs visiteurs. Il faudra encore quelques semaines pour savoir si cette baisse de fréquentation est durable ou pas, mais maintenant qu'une loi a été votée on voit mal ces sites qui ont fait pression pour qu'elle passe retourner leur veste pour la faire "annuler".

  • Un écran Ultra HD 27" muni d'un connecteur mini Displayport à 800 euros (MacBidouille)

    Asus a annoncé que son écran PB279Q annoncé en juin dernier était dorénavant disponible dans le commerce pour 799,99 euros.

    Cet écran est doté d'une dalle IPS (donc de bonne facture) et se voit doter de connecteurs HDMI 1.4, d'un Displayport et d'un mini Displayport 1.2, ce dernier étant tout particulièrement adapté à nos Mac.
    Attention toutefois, seuls les Mac sortis en 2013 (et les Mac Pro plus anciens mais avec des cartes graphiques récentes) supporteront d'afficher dessus de l'Ultra HD en 60Hz. Pour les autres il faudra se contenter de 30 Hz, ce qui ruinera le plaisir de l'utiliser au quotidien.

  • AnandTech Acquired By Purch (AnandTech)

    Over the past several years AnandTech has grown to be much more than just a PC hardware review site. In fact, we consider ourselves to be just as much about the new mobile world as we do about the old PC world. We leveraged our understanding of component and system architecture in bringing a deeper, more analytical look to mobile silicon and devices. As we continued to invest in our mobile coverage and expertise, we found that readers, mobile component and device makers responded quite well to our approach.

    AnandTech’s focus grew, but we quickly ran into a bottleneck when it came time to monetize that mobile content. Our mobile content did a great job of helping to grow the site (as well as bring new eyeballs to our traditional PC coverage as well). While we had no issues competing with larger corporate owned sites on the content front, when it came to advertising we were at a disadvantage. Our advantage in quality allowed us to make progress, but ultimately it became a numbers game. The larger corporate owned sites could show up with a network of traffic, substantially larger than what AnandTech could deliver, and land more lucrative advertising deals than we were able to. They could then in turn fund a larger editorial operation and the cycle continues.

  • Windows 10 : des pistes pour la monétisation de l'OS (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Parler d'un Windows sur abonnement paraît encore bien aventureux. Mais avec une intégration de OneDrive vouée à prendre de l'ampleur, c'est un indice pour la monétisation du système d'exploitation.
  • Apple ferme sa boutique en ligne en Russie (MacBidouille)

    Face à l'effondrement du Rouble Apple semble avoir décidé de prendre une décision très tranchée. Plutôt que de faire valser les étiquettes comme c'est le cas sur l'essentiel des produits importés, la société a fermé sa boutique en ligne.
    Pour rappel, la monnaie russe est en pleine crise incontrôlable suite aux blocus occidentaux et à la chute du prix du pétrole.

    C'est aussi peut-être pour Apple un moyen d'anticiper les prochaines mesures qui rentreront en vigueur en janvier en Russie et qui vont interdire de vente tous les appareils utilisant iCloud.

  • HP Stream 11 Review: A New Take On Low Cost Computing (AnandTech)

    The low cost Windows laptop world has been a rather frustrating experience over the last several years. Manufacturers created big, bulky designs packed with low resolution TN displays and some of the slowest components they could dig up. We are still at a point where the average consumer thinks more is better, so low cost laptops would always have low performance mechanical hard drives. If you wanted a traditional clamshell laptop running Windows, it was just accepted that it would be large, heavy, have poor battery life, and generally come with an unattractive design. HP has the task of changing our perception of what a low cost Windows laptop can be, but is the Stream 11 enough or does it simply bring back memories of past netbooks? Read on for the full review.

  • Holiday Guides 2014: COTS NAS Units (AnandTech)

    We have already published holiday guides for mobile devices, motherboards, GPUs and SSDs. Today, we will take a look at the various options available in the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network-attached storage (NAS) market space.

    Unlike, say, the GPU market, the COTS NAS market can't be simply delineated based on price and performance. At the basic level, the only aspect that is guaranteed is the fact that the price of a NAS increases with the number of bays in it. Any consumer in the market for a NAS needs to consider the following aspects before choosing a budget:

    • Amount of storage needed (number of bays)
    • Intended use-case
      • Business-oriented or home / multimedia-focused
      • Expected number of simultaneous clients
      • Downtime tolerance
      • Required processing power (both file-serving and tangentially related tasks)
    • Value of invested time (in the case where there is a toss-up between the COTS and DIY routes)
    • Mobile and native NAS applications ecosystem

    We have evaluated a large number of NAS units (with different bay-counts) over the last couple of years. The lineups mentioned below (in alphabetical order) are the ones that we are comfortable recommending for purchase after putting a few of their members through long-term testing.

    1. Asustor Storage Units
    2. Lenovo i- and p- Series
    3. Netgear ReadyNAS 300, 500 and 700 Series
    4. QNAP Turbo NAS Units
    5. Seagate NAS and NAS Pro Units
    6. Synology DiskStation and RackStation Series
    7. Western Digital My Cloud EX Series

    Even though two-bay NAS units are a good fit for the average consumer, the typical AnandTech reader is probably looking at units with four or more bays. With this in mind (and the reviews that we have published before), the rest of this guide will focus only on four and eight-bay diskless units. Another point to note is that we are not considering the multitude of offerings that come with Windows Storage Server or some similar flavor. Only products based on custom OSes are being considered in the guide.

    Option 1: Lenovo ix4-300d [ $210, Review ]

    Despite being released almost two years back, Lenovo continues to keep the firmware updates flowing (with the latest one addressing vulnerabilities and improving the UI released earlier this month). One of the updates also fixed our main gripe in our original review - the unit's shares disappearing and hardware locking up after a few weeks in operation, with a power cycle being the only way out. I have been running the unit without reboots since June 2014 and am happy to say that the unit is now fit to enter our recommendation list.

    The list of reasons to choose this are below. If any of these don't apply, feel free to move on to the other options.

    • The budget is tight
    • Downtime can be tolerated (i.e, no hot-swap capabilities)
    • Limited memory (512 MB) is not an issue (i.e, no plans to run hungry apps)
    • Limited native app selection and a barebones mobile app are not issues

    On the plus side, the ix4-300d has two gigabit links and also supports 802.3ad dynamic link aggregation. The ~$200 street price makes it an absolute steal.

    Option 2: QNAP TS-451 [ $466, Review ]
    Option 3: QNAP TS-853 Pro [ $1236 - 8GB Version ; $986 - 2GB Version ]

    The QNAP TS-451 and TS-853 Pro are perfect choices for power users in a home scenario with multimedia-heavy workloads (in terms of streaming videos to various devices with different transcoding requirements). The current Newegg listing for the TS-451 includes 4 GB of DRAM compatible with the TS-451. Augmenting the internal memory of the unit can make it fit to run a virtual machine using QNAP's Virtualization Station package. The TS-451 is perfect for users expecting 1 - 5 simultaneous video streaming clients connected to it. For those wanting to experiment with multiple simultaneous virtual machines / requiring more number of bays, the TS-853 Pro is an excellent, albeit, much costlier choice. Our review of the TS-853 Pro should go up before Christmas. Obviously, since we are recommending the unit here, we didn't find any showstopper issues while evaluating it. The 2 GB version can't run virtual machines. The 8 GB version is the one to choose if you are planning on running some VDI applications.

    The mobile and native NAS applications ecosystem of QNAP is one of the best in the market. Both Synology and QNAP are on par with respect to this aspect, and the competition between them has turned out to be very good for the consumers. The main reasons to choose a unit in the the TS-x51 or the TS-x53 Pro series are listed below

    • The expected use-case is multimedia-heavy, with extensive streaming and transcoding requirements
    • The mobile applications need to be top-notch
    • There is a need to retire a physical machine (by converting it into a virtual machine running inside the NAS)

    Option 4: Synology DS415+ [ $600, Review ]
    Option 5: Synology DS1815+ [ $1050, Review ]

    Both Synology and QNAP have excellent mobile apps and third-party apps for their operating systems. Though QNAP has some nifty differentiating features such as the ability to run virtual machines using Virtualization Station, Synology wins out on core features for the business users. In particular, if iSCSI support is important, the options provided by Synology are simply unparalleled in the sub-$2000 COTS NAS market space.

    The performance benefits (particularly in terms of latency) provided by Rangeley over Bay Trail, coupled with true hardware acceleration for encrypted shared folders make the DS415+ and DS1815+ easy to recommend for business users. Simply put, if you run a SOHO / SMB and need a fast and reliable NAS which excels at its core task of handling storage functions, the Rangeley-based Synology units are the best fit.

    Honorable Mentions:

    Home users looking for a single point of contact for both the NAS and the hard drives can opt for the WD Red-equipped My Cloud EX4. Recent firmware updates have improved RAID-5 performance. Similarly, SOHO / SMB users with similar 'single point of contact' requirements can opt for the Seagate NAS and NAS Pro units.

    If disaster-resistance is needed, there is no alternative to the ioSafe units. The ioSafe 1513+ is fit for business users, while the ioSafe 214 is good for home users. Since both units run Synology DSM, the overall experience is great.

    Except for the Netgear ReadyNAS units, all others use EXT3 / EXT4 filesystem for the RAID volumes. Netgear is hoping to stand out in the crowd with the use of btrfs. We did evaluate the RN312 (2-bay Atom-based unit) and the RN716X (6-bay Xeon-based with 10GBASE-T capabilities) last year, but haven't had the chance to put them through long term testing yet. Other than the fact that I would like the new approach to gather some more field reports, I am very impressed with what Netgear is able to provide with the new systems: snapshotting with virtually zero overhead for protection against accidental deletion and data scrubbing / bit-rot protection with minimal overhead. I would personally be wary of trusting a btrfs-enabled ReadyNAS unit with the only copy of any data, but the benefits of ReadyNAS OS 6.x do make a compelling case for testing out.

    A look at a couple of build options for DIY NAS units will be published next week.

  • Arcadia de Microsoft : streaming de jeux vidéo et d'applis Android (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Arcadia est le nom d'un projet que l'on prête à Microsoft. Un service pour du streaming de jeux vidéo mais aussi d'applications sur des appareils Windows, dont des applications Android.
  • Le Huawei Honor 6 Plus est présenté comme l'iPhone 6 killer (MacBidouille)

    Son look n'est pas sans rappeler l'iPhone 5(s), son nom et sa taille l'iPhone 6 Plus. C'est au niveau hardware que l'Honor 6 Plus se positionne en tant que concurrent de l'iPhone 6 Plus car Huawei n'intègre toujours pas iOS dans ses smartphones.

    Huawei Honor 6 Plus

    Huawei propose trois capteurs photos 8 Mpix, un à l'avant et deux à l'arrière. Avec ces deux capteurs Huawei promet des photos avec une meilleure luminosité et simule une ouverture à f/0,95. Mais on ne parle pas de photos 3D. Le double capteur à l'arrière est un système qui pourrait voir le jour chez Apple sur l'iPhone 7. Pour le reste, les spécifications du Honor 6 Plus sont à la hauteur, surtout que son prix en Chine est équivalent à 310 euros (HT).

    • Ecran 5,5 pouces full HD
    • Processeur Huawei Kirin 925 (octocore)
    • Puce graphique Mali-T628
    • Puce dédiée pour le suivi d'activité I3
    • 3 Go de RAM
    • 32 Go de Flash
    • Batterie de 3600 mAh (2915 mAh pour l'iPhone 6 Plus)
    • 4G, NFC, Infrarouge (pour s'en servir de télécommande)

    On ne connait pas encore sa disponibilité en France.

  • Le concurrent d'Apple Pay par Samsung se précise (MacBidouille)

    Après avoir sorti son iBeacon, Samsung sortira en 2015 son équivalent d'Apple Pay. La rumeur courait depuis un moment, elle a été confirmée par la société LoopPay, qui devrait fournir à Samsung son savoir-faire.
    Cette technologie utilisera également le NFC et il semble que Samsung veuille aller aussi vite que possible pour se faire une place sur ce marché.

    Dans la pratique, Samsung sera surtout en concurrence avec Google et son portefeuille électronique, mais sa force de frappe, si elle n'est pas trop émoussée par les smartphones venus de Chine, pourrait lui permettre de se gagner des parts de marché sur les systèmes de paiement sous Android.

    Il semble en tout cas clair que l'on va aussi avoir droit à une guerre des systèmes de paiement sans fil sur smartphones.

  • Téléviseurs: LG va passer au rétroéclairage par boîtes quantiques (MacBidouille)

    LG a annoncé son intention de doter en 2015 ses téléviseurs LCD de systèmes de rétroéclairages à base de boîtes quantiques. Pour faire très court, ce sont des nanostructures qui peuvent dans ce cas émettre des électrons dans des longueurs d'onde très précises, de quoi améliorer et étendre la colorimétrie des écrans LCD.
    Sony propose déjà ce système sur certains de ses téléviseurs LCD et il semble qu'il soit destiné à se généraliser dans le courant de l'année prochaine.

    Décidément, malgré la volonté de certains de pousser très fort sur l'OLED, le LCD continue à progresser et à résister.

  • Procès iPod: Apple reconnu non coupable (MacBidouille)

    Le service juridique et les dirigeants d'Apple doivent faire la fête ce soir. Le jury chargé de juger l'affaire sur les iPod, leurs DRM et les accusations de pratiques anticoncurrentielles a blanchi la société de toutes ces charges.
    La société s'en est bien entendu félicité. Il est fort probable que le manque de consistance de l'accusation et de ses mandants a largement participé à ce verdict.

Quelque prétexte que nous donnions à nos afflictions,
ce n'est souvent que l'intérêt et la vanité qui les causent.
-+- François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), Maximes 232 -+-