Strauss Zelnick of Take-Two Interactive announced that MMO titles for the most part are not profitable or successful in United States. In other words, the western markets in general should not expect some sort of Grant Theft Auto Online or MMORPG based on the BioShock series.
In addition to the GeForce GTX 770, Nvidia has unveiled their line-up from the GTX series chips for laptops this week. Featured models are GeForce GTX 760M, 765M, 770m and 780m, all with support for GPU Boost 2.0 and with higher performance than the previous generation.
HTC has officially announced the release of smartphones with Google's factory version of the operating system Android. The device bears the name HTC One Nexus User Experience and will be on sale from 26th June through an online store Google Play.
AMD could introduce the next generation of GPU chips, based on the GCN architecture 2.0 in the third quarter of this year. Unofficial sources say two chips have code names Curacao and Hainan, which will be made in the existing 28-nanometer manufacturing process.
Google on their official blog released some details about the Google Glass glasses and privacy protection. Many have rightly begun to wonder how will the mass distribution of Glass, when glasses are commercially available, affect the privacy of people in everyday life.
As rumors predicted, the new Galaxy S4 mini will arrive on the market with a 4.3-inch screen and 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. From the memory side, there is 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory expandable with microSD cards up to 64 GB. The new smartphone also features an 8 MP camera on the back with full support for full HD video recording and 1.8 MP camera on the front for video calls.
Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility, has finally released some more information on the business plans of the company. After Google's 12.5 billion dollar takeover, Motorola practicaly presented zero new products, and recorded an additional $271 million loss in the first quarter of this year.
As they say on Google's official blog, every day our inboxes are bombarded with different types of emails - messages from friends, notifications from social networks, newsletters, automated email which serve to confirm the registration on a web site, etc.
Windows 8.1 is coming out soon and Microsoft is detailing some of the changes that are going to be present. One of the most looked for changes is a return of the start button. This one feature is so missed by users that a booming trade in third party software for add-in start buttons has developed. The problem is that the start button Microsoft is putting back does not mean the start menu is back. Instead clicking this button will only get you back to the Modern UI. This makes the change cosmetic in nature and does not actually address the issue that most people have with Windows 8 and the Modern UI. This is the same as the option to boot to the desktop, if you do not have a real start menu, what is the point. People were not looking just to get the start button back, but the actual start menu with the ease of access that it brought. The rest of the improvements all appear to be related to the Modern UI and show that Microsoft is simply not read to listen to reason or even the consumer.
In something of an unprecedented move NBC Universal and Warner Bothers Music have asked that Google delist the entire Mega website over copyright concerns. Now requesting that a link that points to copyrighted material be removed from Google, Bing, or any other search engine is nothing new and not, in itself, a big deal. However this is not a simple request to remove a single copy of a movie or song, it is asking for the WHOLE site to be delisted. This type of wholesale delisting ignores the fact that while there might indeed be copyrighted files on Mega’s servers there are others that are completely legal including movies and music from independent artists that use Mega as a sharing platform. It highlights the claims by some that the argument against Mega and Megaupload before that is not about actual copyright, but about the service and the threat is could pose to the copyright industry.
Since the launch of Kickstarter back in 2009 until today, this page was the starting point for more than 100,000 projects, according to announcement. However, less than half of them were successfully funded, or to be precise more than 42,000 projects.
When Microsoft bought Skype it was to deal with a couple of issues. One of the big ones was to remove a competitor in the communications market and the other was to make sure they were not going to get sued for the direction their own communications services were taking. Microsoft had been floundering in the consumer market despite the multiple changes they tried to make to their messenger product. While their enterprise messaging software was complicated and expensive to maintain and to properly integrate with other messaging services. To combat this Microsoft was already looking to make their messaging services much more like Skype than they were.
VentureBeat talks about how development of an unnamed Blizzard MMORPG, about which rumors have been whispered for years, was stopped and returned to the beginning. From “sources close to the developers’ VentureBeat learned that the project with the working title Titan was reset and we can expect it in two years with that best case scenario.
Speaking at a conference D11 of the website AllThingsD, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, said that the company is definitely not losing its "cool" factor, and rejected suggestions that they are losing the war on the market for mobile operating systems because their number of devices sold was convincingly surpassed by Android .
AMD kicked an interesting product out the door today in the form of their Operton X-Series APU SoC. You might remember that the possibility of this APU was leaked a while ago by an inadvertent inclusion on a slide showing the Operton X logo. Everyone knew this was going to fold over into an x86 APU based SoC and the launch was just a matter of time. Now the lid is off and we can talk about the Opteron X (Kyoto) and where AMD sees this new product in their server business and in the market as a whole.
Storage is something that everyone needs. No matter if you are a single end user or a gigantic corporation you have to have a place to keep your data. This one little fact has never changed and probably never will. The difference is that home users are now higher on the scale when it comes to storage needs than many small and medium sized business. Home users are maintain more and more data in the form of movies, music pictures and even installation files while many small businesses are only storing simple documents and perhaps a few databases. It has changed the dynamic in the way storage products are marketed in many ways and this is not truly a completely good thing. While a normal consumer might store more information than a small business they do not have the same need to never be offline or unavailable. The typical home user also does not have the same number of connections to their data as a medium or even small business. There needs to be a class of NAS that can handle these requirements without pushing the price tag over the top. Synology has a very solid answer for these questions and more all bundled up inside the new DS1513+; this is a five-bay NAS that includes four 1Gbps LAN and a ton of other features. Let’s dive in and take a look shall we?
LG has finally officially confirmed that the white Nexus 4 is just around the corner. The device comes out tomorrow in Hong Kong and in the coming weeks in the territory of Asia, North America and Europe. From the published photo it is not clear whether it will have like a black model on the back a so-called holographic texture, but we can assume that it will.
G.Skill intends to enter into another market segment. The company announced at the Computex presentation their first product lines of the peripherals for gamers.
During the Samsung V Apple patent trail we briefly covered some of the requirements that Apple has if you want to sell their products. These requirements include a minimum purchase order, marketing material, special cabinets and displays for Apple products and more. These tactics make it seem almost impossible that anyone would be confused about what they were buying (unless the sales person was not honest). Our coverage was more about the ridiculous claim that Samsung and other Android tablets were creating marketing confusion, but we also talked a little about how these marketing requirements were a little anti-competitive.
If Microsoft is thinking that the Xbox One is just going to fly off the shelves and take over our living rooms they might have a nasty surprise in store for them. Despite the many positive features and aspects of the Xbox One there are some concerns (and complaints) from gamers, consumers, and now even privacy groups.
Looks like Yahoo wants to invest a lot of money in its future. First they purchased Tumblr last week for 1.1 billion U.S. dollars, then for an unspecified amount obtained PlayerScale, and now Hulu is their next target. The company is reportedly ready to offer 800 million U.S. dollars for this acquisition.
Lenovo intends to expand the availability of their smartphones in the international market. Due to the global trend of falling demand for personal computers, Lenovo the next opportunity for growth sees in mobile devices, with a focus on smart phones.
After having their ideas shot down by popular displeasure the Copyright lobbyists are now trying to make aggressive tactics ok. They have put together a report on the state of American Intellectual property theft and have managed to build up some of the old boogeymen like they always do. This time, they are starting to make more open suggestions about fighting fire with fire. In the past these reports have always centered on the commercial market and the state of individual piracy, product copying and other more economic concepts. These were enough to get higher mandatory fines, to criminalize certain fair use tactics and more. Now by subtly changing the report to show highlight the national security aspect the industry hopes to be given considerably more power to act.
When wireless networking was first introduced it was a very cool concept and people bought into it. The problem was that it was also about as slow as dial-up internet was. The good news is that all technologies advance and wireless was non exception. Once the idea caught on we quickly ramped up in speed, but wireless was never quite able to keep up with a wired connection. We saw these connections leap ahead by a factor of 10 while wireless had small incremental speed jumps. All of that changed in 2011 when researchers built up the next specification for wireless speed, 802.11ac. This speed increase more than doubled what wireless was able to do previously. Suddenly wireless was just as fast as a wired connection (in theory). We have a few routers and adapters in the lab and will be taking a look at them. Today we are going to show you the TRENDNet TEW-812DRU AC1750 dual band wireless router.
OCZ has introduced a Vertex 450 line of SSDs, which will be available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512 GB. According to the company, Vertex 450 should offer quality, performance and reliability close to Vector series, but at a slightly lower price.