When Microsoft announced Windows 8 there were many consumers and people in the industry that raise their eyebrows. Here was an OS designed to integrate with Microsoft cloud services and gaming products. It seemed like a bad move for Microsoft as it put them in competition with many companies that developed games and software for the PC. Still some held out that even though Windows 8 would be more integrated into the Microsoft Eco system than ever it would not mean they could not use whatever software or application they wanted. Microsoft even seemed to confirm this in a few of their building Windows 8 blog posts.
Japanese companies Panasonic and Sony have introduced a new standard format optical disc called Archival Disc which will be able to store between 300 GB and 1 TB of data per disc. Companies at the presentation highlighted how the new optical disc format has the advantage of good resistance to humidity and temperature changes, as well as the effects of dust.
On Monday at the South by Southwest show infamous NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden talk via a live video conference. By all accounts the hall where the conference was held was packed as people were very interested to hear what Snowden had to say. For those of you that might not know, or need reminding Edward Snowden was a contractor to the NSA and is responsible for leaking information about multiple, highly-classified and potentially illegal (unconstitutional) surveillance programs being run on US Citizens and also on foreign diplomats.
Photos and descriptions of two new tablets from Lenovo appeared briefly on the website Red Dot 21 and shortly after disappeard. They will come with Windows 8, and will offer functionality of standard laptops.
Lately, among the rumors related to the iPhone 6 we could usually hear that the new device will have a sapphire glass, and that Apple is working on a new A8 processor. The latest talks are about the amounts and terms of delivery of the product by Apple's favorite supplier Foxconn.
A new technology called Spritz has the task to increase the speed of reading text on the screen of your mobile phone or smart watch. This system was developed by a company of the same name in Boston, and will be installed on the new series of Samsung devices coming this spring - Galaxy S5 and Gear 2. Unlike other methods of speed reading, this technology is unique and can be mastered in 5 minutes, according to its authors
According to research firm comScore, which refers to the state of the market in January of this year, Windows Phone is the third mobile platform in the U.S. It 's another marketing company that has confirmed third place for Microsoft's mobile operating system after IDC who did it back in May of 2013.
Since the end of last year, Virgin Galactic owned by Richard Branson allows payment of its services through the virtual currency Bitcoin. This option was used by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and they paid their trip into space completely in bitcoins, but will have to wait a bit more until commercial flights of this type start to happen.
Microsoft will later this month finally announce some more details about the new release of the DirectX APIs. According to the official announcement, presentation of DirectX 12 is scheduled for 20th March at a conference of the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
On the website Kickstarter, a new campaign of raising finance to complete the "open-world 3D voxel-based RPG" titled Planets³ (pronounced "planetscube") was started. Mentioned title combines RPG experience with the construction and exploration of the universe built from small voxels, or block size of 25 cm³.
The company OnLive has launched CloudLift, a new cloud-gaming service that allows users to use the power of the cloud and play their favorite PC games purchased on one of the popular services for digital distribution of games - starting with steam, on any device.
Since the 18th August of 2008. when the domain bitcoin.org was purchased, and after on January 12th 2009. the first recorded transactions between Satoshi and Hal Finney took place, many have wondered who is Satoshi, since he was listed as the person who created a new virtual currency - Bitcoin.
All gamers that want to pick up their gaming on a higher level than just plain confrontation against the AI in single player, very quickly become aware of the importance of having good peripheral hardware, especially of gaming mice and keyboards, which will greatly help them online against other more unpredictable opponents. Razer is a gaming company that needs no further introduction, which has just unveiled its new mechanical switches designed for gaming keyboards.
Modding. Technically, it means modification plain and simple, and is done to improve performance in some way, aesthetics or both. I could talk about modding in general, as it applies to everything from tools to cars to everyday household items, but anyone reading this article probably goes to the same place in their mind when they read the word “modding”: PCs.
PC enclosure reviews are not exactly the most exciting things on the internet. In far too many cases (no pun intended… ok well maybe) we find that the differences between one company and another is wholly cosmetic and are not much more than fancy side panels and extra plastic to give the case a different shape. This is not to say that there is no innovation in the market, just that really innovative features and designs are not all that common. One company that has recently stood out is In Win. Over the last few months In Win has released some very novel and innovative cases. These have not been your standard “hey I have more HDD bays and fans” type of innovations, but actually new and innovative designs and even materials (like a glass case). Today we are taking a look at one of them, the In Win 901. This is a very interesting SFF case that just might be one of the coolest enclosure designs we have seen in a very long time.
In the Korean media appeared information that Samsung is currently having problems with the production of Galaxy S5 smartphone.
The second day of the current week marked the release (in the U.S.) of the long-awaited RPG with characters from the popular series South Park in the lead role. Shortly after the release, first reaction of players and reviewers have spread over the Internet who unanimously say that the game does not disappoint.
After the discovery of mass surveillance by the famous whistleblower Edward Snowden, numerous products with an emphasis on protecting users' privacy appeared on the market. One of them comes from smartphone company FreedomPop and it's called Privacy Phone. Devices that protect privacy often come at a hefty price, but Privacy Phone corrects this complaint and will arrive on the market with a price tag of $189.
Once again it appears that rumors were correct, and Apple has officially unveiled the service CarPlay. It is a system of integration iOS in cars that should offer several useful abilities to drivers.
Taro Aso, the Japanese finance minister, said that the local government is still investigating the case of Mt.Gox collapse, the best known Bitcoin exchange office, which was located in Tokyo. As word of possible criminal activity behind this case, it is possible to be a responsible and serious legal consequences.
A few days ago on the website All Games Beta an image appeared that suggests the upcoming announcement of the Dishonored's second chapter, although the story should be taken with a large grain of salt.
Data storage service in the cloud SugarSync has updated its application for the Android operating system with several new features. The most important novelty in 4.1 version of the application is the ability to sync a folder with files for offline viewing. You can select the folders that will be stored on an external microSD card for later viewing on smart phones and tablets without the use of an Internet connection.
The new Adrenaline Bundle brings gamers 11 interesting Steam games to add to their collection, and uniquely, the ability to turn their hands to crafting their very own game levels. That’s a total of 12 Steam keys. For just $4.99. A key component of the bundle is Axis Game Factory (“AGF”) for Windows, Mac and Linux. Dubbed as “Minecraft on Steroids”, AGF is an easy to use Steam software package that allows game developers and enthusiasts to quickly design their own levels and environments for many different game types.
After the 8-core processor codenamed MT6595, MediaTek company also announced the MT6732, its first 64-bit SoC. The chip has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and the Mali T760 GPU with support for OpenGL 3.0 and OpenCL 1.2.
This series of SSDs represents Intel's answer to Samsung and OCZ (Toshiba) and their EVO 840 and Vector model. Intel claims that both drives come with significantly improved speed controller (up to 50%) and NAND bus which achieves 20% higher speed.