Fans of the game series Fallout should be very happy to hear the latest rumors about the post-apocalyptic game. It seems that after the revelation that a game site claiming to have information about the next installment of Fallout was a hoax, some new documents have been unearthed that could point to the next version. According to Kotaku, a casting call document was sent their way which contains some pretty detailed information.
In a move that would have made Steve Jobs proud Microsoft is apparently leaning on developers to only develop for their Xbox One platform or delay any release for other console platforms. The news comes as developer Witch Beam, is claiming that due to restrictions in the ID@Xbox program they are being forced to delay their new game Assault Android Cactus because they already have plans to launch games on other consoles.
Lately the news has had a few articles about how companies like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo etc. are pushing the government for radical changes to their surveillance policies and demanding better protections for their customers. We have seen new ads focused on explaining how important our data is to them (and in some cases how the other guys are abusing it). The groups lining up and demanding change are many of the same companies that Edward Snowden’s bevy of leaked documents claimed were working hand in hand with the NSA to allow for mass spying on peoples’ data and that in cases where they were not directly cooperating lax security practices allowed for easy retrieval of user information.
The X79 chipset is nothing new, in fact in motherboard years it is quite old. However that does not mean that is it obsolete. If anything there are still many people that use the platform for their Sandy Bridge-E CPUs and now that the Ivy Bridge – E is out it is a great option. As we have both of these CPUs in the lab we decided to take a look at a single X79 board and see how it fares with both the Core i7 3960X and 4960X. The board we chose for this is the Gigabyte X79-UP4. Since we have not had this board in the lab before we decided to do the full work up on the X79-UP4 before we dive into the meat of the matter and run both of these CPUs through our gauntlet of tests. So let’s get things started.
When you order something online these days you put your money and trust in the companies that are responsible for getting the package to you. I do not think there is anyone out there that has not received a package that is a little more beat up that it should be after spending its time with UPS or FedEx. There seems to be an unwritten rule that says package delivery services must take out their frustration on the poor boxes that are in their care. Between worrying about the state of our orders and if they will actually get to our doorstep things can get annoying.
There is a phrase in the patent world that used to mean something, but now seems to have lost its meaning: prior art. The term according to Miriam Webster means: “the processes, devices, and modes of achieving the end of an alleged invention that were known or knowable by reasonable diligence before and at its date —used chiefly in patent law”. To put it simply prior art is any technology, device, papers, theory, etc. that was publicly known at the time of “invention” and before the patent filing which could have influenced (or actually did) the inventors.
Yesterday Amazon made an announcement that they were working on plans to deliver goods to people’s homes using a fleet of electrical powered, unmanned drones. The articles that followed this were… forward looking to say the least. Many of them seem to have missed s crucial part of the announcement (and reality). Sadly for them these little snags will probably delay any attempt to use drones for delivery for at least the next ten years.
In 2003 Microsoft started work on a new kernel for their operating systems that was smaller, more efficient and working in ways that no other OS had before Microsoft called this Singularity. It represented a completely different approach to software and operating system design. In 2008 Microsoft released the last version of Singularity was released to the public from Microsoft and the project was “officially” ended in 2010. For many we thought this was the end of the project and the end of a shift in thought from Microsoft.
The slippery slope of Censorship that many predicted when SOPA, PIPA and other IP protecting laws first hit the scene is starting to come true in the UK. After winning a battle to apply network (ISP) level filters for Pornographic and File Sharing sites the UK government is now moving on to what they are labeling “extremist” web sites. On the surface they claim they want to stop extremist rhetoric on the internet (which is still not a good thing) and are working to bundle this in with existing laws that allow for the blocking of pornography and file sharing.
OCZ… You remember them right? They were a company that blew up on the market during the heydays of AMD overclocking and performance supremacy. For a number of years they put out some solid products to the enthusiast community and did quite well… At least until other companies started following the same business model. You have companies like Corsair, Kingston Patriot that had always been there, but had not truly catered to the enthusiast market before (especially Kingston).