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July 24, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 05:57AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Information can be stored in many ways, and for many systems the density it is stored at is very important. There can be limits to the density though, such as with the wavelength of light. By using a plasmonic film though, researchers at the University of Illinois have recorded optical information at sub-wavelength scale, and in real time.

The plasmonic film is actually an array of gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas (pBNAs) that reacts to laser light. The reaction is analogous to how photographic film behaves when exposed to light, but the effect occurs in real time, and does more than store an image. When exposed to laser light, the pBNAs actually create optofluidic channels without walls, allowing the researchers to affect the trajectory of particles in a solution. Other optofluidic systems have been made that achieve the same goal, but do have physical walls.

When the researchers tested it, the bit size was around 425 nm, which is directly related to the spacing of the antennas. If this were applied to an optical disc that would be around 28.6 GB of data, but by modifying the spacing of the array and the antennas, it could be scaled up to 75 GB a disk. That is of course only considering data storage applications, but this discovery could have many other photonic uses.

 

 

Source: University of Illinois, College of Engineering



July 23, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:49PM PST by ClayMeow
Risen 3: Titan Lords is Going 'Back to The Roots' to Combine the Best Parts of the Gothic and Risen Series

Back in May, Deep Silver and Piranha Bytes released an Official CGI Trailer for the upcoming RPG Risen 3: Titan Lords. It looked awesome, but most cinematic trailers do. Today, we now get our first look at some actual gameplay in a rather lengthy (nearly twelve-minute) trailer entitled "Back to The Roots". Aside from providing us with a look at some gameplay, it also provides a ton of in-depth information about the game, broken down into ten categories: Handcrafted World, Exploration, Attitude, Combat, Skills, Three Factions, Return of Crystal Magic, Hundreds of Quests, Crafting, and The Living World. You can skip to any section via the navigation bar at the top of the video.

Risen 3: Titan Lords launches on Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August 12 in North America and August 15 in Europe. Pre-ordering grants you three pieces of bonus content: Fog Island, Uprising of the Little Guys, and Adventure Garb. See the image below for details on each.

Source: Facebook and Steam



Comments (1) | Posted at 06:31PM PST by ClayMeow
Act Fast and Grab Your Free Copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection on Origin

Free games are always nice. When it's the best-selling PC game of all-time, even better. Earlier in the month, Electronic Arts announced that The Sims 2 was being "retired," but anyone who owned the game on Origin would get a free upgrade to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection containing all the expansion packs and DLC. Well, considering The Sims 2 was originally sold well before Origin existed, maybe there were some people that complained they couldn't get a copy, so EA made it a bit easier to do so – simply launch Origin, select "Redeem Product Code" from the "Origin" menu dropdown, enter "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS" (minus the quotes), and voila! I did it myself and it worked!

According to the official EA Help page, "This code will [be] available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT." But, since the wording implies this was supposed to be for "passionate The Sims 2 players" and not leaked to everyone, you may want to jump on the deal ASAP just to be safe. That being said, The Sims 2 is no longer being sold, so I doubt EA will mind, even if that wasn't the original intention. Besides, maybe a few people will like The Sims 2 so much, they'll go out and pre-order The Sims 4. Win win!

Source: EA Help via PC Gamer



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:25PM PST by CheeseMan42

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed in the fourth quarter earnings meeting this week that the company is hoping to combine Windows for PCs and tablets, Windows Phone, and Xbox One to "enable apps that span all types of devices and that are available in a single Microsoft store." More information is planned to be revealed in the coming months, though no set date was mentioned. Support for applications across all three OS versions could be a great advantage to both developers and consumers that have multiple Microsoft devices. Nadella added, "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

Source: Network World



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:52PM PST by CheeseMan42

An updated image of the Steam Controller was found by Steam Database in the latest Steam client beta and it carries a significant new feature, an analog stick. The analog stick replaces the left side buttons and is found on the left side of the controller, a look comparable to many available game controllers. PC Gamer Editor-in-chief Evan Lahti commented on the Steam Controller design available at GDC 2014 saying that he "didn’t once feel comfortable, in control, or that Valve’s hardware configuration was in any way an upgrade over a controller with analog sticks."

Source: PC Gamer



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:24PM PST by ClayMeow
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Tomb-raiding on December 9

While the official site still lacks any release date information, IGN is reporting that Lara Coft and the Temple of Osiris is launching on December 9 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is a follow-up to 2010's surprisingly excellent Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, bringing the isometric platforming action to new-gen, upping the ante to support up to four-player co-op. Check out the Announcement Trailer from E3 2014, along with two screenshots below:

If you've never played Guardian of Light, it's currently available in the $14.99 tier of the Humble Square Enix Bundle, currently going on for roughly thirteen more days, alongside some other great titles. It may not be the classic Tomb Raider we know and love, but trust me, this spin-off series is quite fun, especially if you have a buddy to play it with.

Source: IGN



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:22AM PST by ClayMeow
Dead Rising 3 on Steam Upgraded to Apocalypse Edition; Includes Four Story DLC

Former Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3 is set to arrive on PC via Steam on September 5, and whether you've already pre-ordered the game or have been holding off, I have good news for you. Last night, Capcom announced that the Steam version has received a permanent free upgrade and is now called Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition. The Apocalypse Edition contains the four DLC that was part of the "Untold Stories of Los Perdidos" pack: Operation Broken Eagle, Fallen Angel, Chaos Rising, and The Last Agent. "Each add-on chapter focuses on a different protagonist that ties into the main DR3 storyline and gives players access to crazy new weapons and vehicles that carry over to the main game."

While not directly related to this announcement, I just wanted to take a moment to address another issue some people may be worried about. Dead Rising 3 runs at 30 FPS on Xbox One, which made many PC gamers a bit wary. There is an excellent post in the Steam forum by Capcom's "wbacon" that goes into great detail on how the game runs uncapped. That's right, there is no FPS cap! The post also discusses what settings are "intended" for minimum and recommended specs – something I wish more studios would mention.

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition will arrive on Steam on September 5 and can be pre-ordered at a 10% discount, bringing the price down to $44.99. Now if only Capcom would include Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α to the mix, the PC version would truly be the definitive one. But either way, Capcom has received a lot of flak in the past for its DLC policies, so this is certainly a step in the right direction!

Source: Steam [1] and [2]



July 22, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:53PM PST by ClayMeow

AMC released a cinematic trailer today for a new The Walking Dead mobile game based on the popular AMC television series. Entitled The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, "the game will feature themes familiar to the TV series, where characters fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world. A recurring theme of choosing the right survival strategy and making the most human choices possible is at the heart of the first-of-its-kind game."

The game is being developed by Next Games, a brand new studio "founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney," and headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The Walking Dead: No Man's Land is one of two games the studio is currently working on (the other is unannounced), with the studio "focused on crafting majestic narrative-driven games with engaging free-to-play mechanics." That seems like a lot of PR talk, so it'll be interesting to see how the game actually plays; the trailer certainly didn't show much.

The global launch of the game will coincide with the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5, early next year. It's being developed exclusively for smartphones and tablets, but exact platforms were not stated.

Source: AMC and Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:43PM PST by gebraset

LinkedIn has announced that it has officially acquired Bizo, a company that provides precise and measurable business-to-business display and social advertising programs to small, medium, and large businesses. According to David Thacker, the Product Vice President at LinkedIn, Bizo has proved itself as a comprehensive business-to-business marketing platform and the company has been a part of the LinkedIn API Partner Program for quite a while. With the respective missions of both companies being highly aligned, according to Russell Glass, the Chief Executive Officer of Bizo, it makes sense that LinkedIn is welcoming the Bizo staff to its team.

Thacker also made it evident that the company plans to integrate the Media Solutions and Multi-Channel Nurturing products offered by Bizo into its own portfolio, but that it does not plan to incorporate its Data Solutions business.

Source: Bizo Blog and LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Blog



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:41PM PST by gebraset

Despite Netflix announcing back in May that it was raising its subscription costs for new customers in the United States by $1, the company continues to thrive. Netflix has just announced that its paid subscriber base has grown to just shy of 48 million users, which is up four percent from the first three months of 2014. In a letter to its subscribers, Netflix has made it known that while its subscription costs have risen, albeit modestly, its total subscriber base is now greater than 50 million users. The company's total quarterly revenue was up 25.3 percent during the second quarter as well, further promoting the idea that Netflix is doing quite well within its segment.

Along with its growth in both subscribers and revenue, Netflix has announced that in September it is launching its service in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Source: TechHive



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:59PM PST by ClayMeow

The inevitable has occurred – BioWare has announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition will no longer be released on October 7, 2014, as originally planned, but rather delayed until November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe. Executive Producer Mark Darrah broke the news via the official site just a short while ago. As I've stated time and time again, I have absolutely no issues with delays, as I'd rather have a polished experience than a rushed, buggy one; though I understand why delays frustrate many people. In the meantime, if you didn't watch the E3 gameplay demos, I've embedded both parts below – though watching them may just make you more disappointed with the delay.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Official Site via Facebook



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:23AM PST by ClayMeow

You may be wondering why I'm handling roundup duties today. That would be because Troy (bp9801) is celebrating his birthday! So be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday if you see him lurking around the forums today. In any case, we have quite a few items for you today. You may have seen the news this morning that NVIDIA unveiled a new SHIELD tablet and SHIELD wireless controller – well after reading my preview, be sure to check out the preview at PC Perspective. If you're in the market for a new case, there's the sleek Fractal Design Core 3500 mid-tower you may want to take a look at. If you need a new motherboard or just like orange and black, take a look at the Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE. There's also a review for the Intel Core i7 4790K you can pop in there. You can't run a computer without some power, so check out the BitFenix Fury 550G Alchemy-Sleeved PSU. To round things out, there are reviews for the ASUS RP-AC52 Wireless Range Extender and iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Qi Standard Charging Car Mount.

Laptops/Tablets
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with Tegra K1 and SHIELD Controller Preview @ PC Perspective

Cases
Fractal Design Core 3500 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards
Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard @ Madshrimps

CPUs
Intel Core i7 4790K @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
BitFenix Fury 550G Alchemy-Sleeved Power Supply Preview @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
ASUS RP-AC52 Wireless Range Extender @ Bjorn3D
iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Qi Standard Charging Car Mount @ ThinkComputers



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:49AM PST by ClayMeow
NVIDIA Expands the SHIELD Family with the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Wireless Controller

With NVIDIA's interative tweet-based text adventure Ultimate Quest culminating today, the company's mysterious new product has been unveiled – the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. Billed as the "world's first tablet built for gamers," the SHIELD tablet is a technical marvel and certainly packs a punch. That punch starts with a 192-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, providing performance levels well beyond any other tablet currently on the market, including support for OpenGL ES 3.1, Android Extension Pack (AEP), OpenGL 4.4, DirectX 12, Tesselation, and CUDA 6.0. If you want to know what the means in the real world, go back and watch Unreal Engine 4 "Rivalry" Demo running on a Tegra K1 chip.

The SHIELD tablet measures in at 8.8 x 5.0 x 3.6 inches (HxWxD) and 13.7 ounces, and features an 8-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920x1200. It features two front-facing stereo speakers, front and back 5MP HDR cameras, 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO (2.4GHz and 5GHz) WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS and GLONASS, a nine-axis motion sensor (g-sensor, compass, gyroscope), a Mini HDMI 1.4a port, a micro-USB 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm stero headphone jack with microphone support. The tablet comes in two flavors: a 16GB WiFi-only version and a 32GB WiFi+LTE version. Don't worry about the smaller space if you're interested in WiFi-only though, as either version supports up to an additional 128GB via a Micro SD card. In addition, a DirectStylus 2 is included in a holster, which is not only twice as responsive as its predecessor, but also "enables the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting experience." The included NVIDIA Dabbler app allows hyper-realistic watercolor and 3D paint oil painting where "pigment and paint mix and bleed physically, in real time, and the palette is naturally illuminated in 3D as the user adjusts the light source."

Like the SHIELD portable, the SHIELD tablet supports PC GameStreaming from systems running an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series card or greater, cloud streaming via NVIDIA GRID, NVIDIA ShadowPlay with Twitch gamecast support, and Console Mode. To fully enjoy the latter, you'd need a wireless controller (up to four are supported simultaneously), so NVIDIA has you covered there as well. The new SHIELD wireless controller, launching alongside the SHIELD tablet, is an ultra-responsive WiFi controller, providing half the latency of a Bluetooth controller and eight times the data rate. The controller features your standard dual-analog sticks, D-pad, A/B/X/Y face buttons, left/right analog triggers, and left/right bumpers, along with volume controls, Android Home and Back buttons, a Start button, an NVIDIA power/multi-function button, and even a capacitive multi-touch touch pad with button (the silver triangular section below the dual-analog sticks. The controller uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and Micro-USB 2.0 for charging or wired gameplay. It also features a built-in 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and microphone, which even allows for voice commands when holding the Home button, such as telling it to "Launch Half-Life 2." If you already own a SHIELD portable, thankfully that will be updated to support this new SHIELD wireless controller.

And now the info you've been waiting for - pricing and availability. The 16GB WiFi-only SHIELD tablet is priced at $299, while the 32GB WiFi+LTE SHIELD tablet is priced at $399. Both come pre-loaded with Frostbyte's gorgeous 2.5D puzzle platformer Trine 2: Complete Story. The SHIELD wireless controller is available separately at a price of $59. In addition, there's a SHIELD cover priced at $39, which doubles as a stand. The SHIELD tablet and its accessories will launch in the United States and Canada on July 29, in Europe on August 14, and in other unspecified regions Fall 2014. Pre-ordering is now open in the US, Canada, and select European countries at shield.nvidia.com and select retailers.

People who own a SHIELD portable tend to love it, but it's certainly a niche device. The SHIELD tablet has many of the same great features, but with the most powerful mobile chip in the market and a more acceptable form factor. Coupled with the SHIELD wireless controller, it looks like NVIDIA may have a huge winner on its hands.

Source: Press Release



July 21, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 10:13PM PST by gebraset

Federal authorities, including the United States Secret Service, are investing a possible payment card breach at United States based Goodwill retail stores, according to Goodwill Industries International. Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Goodwill’s director of public relations, noted that the company was notified about the possible breach last Friday. If a breach is discovered following the completion of the ongoing investigation, Goodwill revealed that it will take appropriate and prompt action in remedying the situation. In the meantime, Goodwill wants customers to know that their data is being properly safeguarded and that the security of payment information is its top priority.

Source: PCWorld


Comments (1) | Posted at 05:51PM PST by ClayMeow

Free-to-play business models may be on the rise, but subscription-based models are still holding strong thanks largely to that $1 billion juggernaut called World of Warcraft. It also helps that even subscription-based MMOs are making a killing with microtransactions. So despite the MMO subscription market shrinking year-over-year since 2010, part of the decline has been offset by microtransactions, nearly doubling from 14% to 27% in the past five years. In fact, though the market has shrunk from 30.6 million monthly active subscribers to 23.4 million, the average revenue per user has actually risen. The user base may be lower, but the ones that remain are loyal and willing to spend.

World of Warcraft unsurprisingly tops the 2013 list with 36% of the market, raking in worldwide revenues of $1.041 billion. What may be surprising to some is that the next four contenders all earned more than $100 million in 2013: 1998's Lineage captured 9% of the market and earned $253 million; TERA: Online captured 8% of the market and earned $236 million; Star Wars: The Old Republic captured 6% and earned $165 million; and Lord of the Rings Online captured 4% of the market and earned $104 million. Not too shabby at all. In total, subscription-based MMOs earned $2.882 billion in worldwide revenues in 2013.

It'll be interesting to see how 2014 plays out with two big new entries in the subscription market, Bethesda's Elder Scrolls Online and NCsoft's Wildstar. Elder Scrolls Online boasts a subscriber base of 772,374 as of June, likely helped by its multi-platform release. Meanwhile, NCsoft not only has Lineage under its publishing arm, but it also has three other MMOs in the 2013 Top Ten (Aion, Blade and Soul, and Lineage II) – so there are certainly big expectations for Wildstar as well. While free-to-play is certainly on the rise, it doesn't seem like subscription-models are going away any time soon, even if some are merely optional.

Source: SuperData Research via GamesIndustry International
 



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:44PM PST by gebraset
be quiet! Reveals Silent Base 800 Computer Chassis

be quiet!, a manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions, has decided to join other manufacturers and enter the market of computer chassis. The company has just revealed pictures of its latest product that will enable this business decision, the Silent Base 800. The Silent Base 800 computer tower is comprised of premium components, focusing on silent and cool operation while featuring plenty of cable management and water cooling slots.

The be quiet! Silent Base 800 will be offered only in black and will be officially released in October of this year. While the case only comes in one color, three different accenting colors including black, silver, and orange will be available.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:23AM PST by CheeseMan42

Kingston will be adding its largest capacity solid state drive to date to the SSDNow V300 series with the V310, a 1TB drive. The drive is powered by a Phison 3108 controller capable of read and write speeds up to 450MB/s. The Kingston Value series is a great SSD for users looking to migrate from traditional drives without breaking the bank, and the large 1TB capacity provides a drive large enough for most users. SSD Business Manager Ariel Perez said, "Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD."

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:09AM PST by CheeseMan42

Verizon has announced that it is upgrading the upload speeds of all current and future customers to match download speeds. Current plans had much higher download than upload speeds. Verizon has also increased the speed of the entry level package to 25/25 Mbps, an increase from the current entry level 15/5 Mbps plans. The service starts at $64.99, but unfortunately users currently at the 15/5 level won't be upgraded to the 25/25 level. The new symmetrical speed tiers could give Verizon a boost compared to cable companies, "which generally offers slower download speeds than fiber along with even lower upload speeds," but doesn't offer much of an improvement compared to other fiber services such as Google Fiber.

Source: Ars Technica



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:59AM PST by bp9801

It is the start of a new week, and we have plenty of items to get to today. If you are in the market for a new video card, then perhaps the HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X2, with its factory overclock and custom cooler, is the one for you. For those needing a way to keep their CPU cool, we have a look at the Enermax Liqtech 120X AiO Liquid CPU Cooler to see if it is up to the task. There is a review on the Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i mechanical keyboard, which is a tenkeyless model with customizable backlighting. The HD668B headphones by Superlux get put to the test to see if this affordable model is one you should consider to get closer to your games and music. There's plenty more for you to check out, too, like a four-bay NAS from Synology and the LG G3, among others.

Video Cards
HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 @ Madshrimps

CPU Cooling
Enermax Liqtech 120X AiO Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DS414j 4-bay NAS Server @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
Superlux HD668B Headphones @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
LG G3 @ TechSpot

Laptops/Tablets
Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 Android Tablet @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
10 Incredibly Stupid Quotes by Steve Ballmer @ ThinkComputers



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:43AM PST by ClayMeow
ROCCAT to Debut Two New 'Future Ready' Products at Gamescom

Taking place in Cologne, Germany, Gamescom is the biggest gaming convention in the world – yes, bigger than E3. As such, it's no suprise that Germany-based manufacturer ROCCAT likes to go all out for the event. This year is no different, with ROCCAT "bringing an entire gaming city" called ROCC-City. Aside from a cosplay competition, daily raffles twin ROCCAT products, and allowing attendees to face off against professional gamers, the highlight of ROCC-City is two new products ROCCAT are calling "Future Ready".

The first is a new gaming mouse that apparently allows you to alter the actual button layouts. According to ROCCAT's René Korte, "We asked the questions, 'What would it be like if you could do more than change a button assignment? What if you could physically change the button itself? What if you could make your own buttons from scratch?' We had to find out, and what we discovered upon creating this was a mouse that can be fully adjusted to any gaming genre fluidly." Color me intrigued.

The second product is a new keyboard with full smartphone integration. According to René, "Smartphones do so much these days. They're a second-screen experience for many gamers in a variety of ways, but we wanted to offer more than the next step in integrating smartphone and keyboard. We wanted to take the next ten steps. A keyboard designed not only to integrate your phone fully into the gaming realm, but one that takes the standard functionality of a phone, communication, and seamlessly weaves it into your gaming experience. Taking calls, texting, everything. Why can’t you have it all? We plan on giving that to the world, and showing you what that looks like at Gamescom."

These two new products mark the beginning of a new philosophy at ROCCAT – creating peripherals that adapt to the future of gaming experiences and the user's gaming needs. ROCCAT hopes that its new products can remain a part of a gamer's arsenal for many years, even as needs change over time. Gamescom 2014 takes place from August 13 - 17, and if you plan to attend, be sure to head on over to ROCC-City in Hall 8, Booth A10.

Source: Press Release



July 19, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:20PM PST by gebraset

Microsoft has revealed that the latest Xbox One update, which will be available to early access individuals next week and all other Xbox One owners next month, will bring enhanced features to the gaming console. One of the major features that the August Xbox One update will provide is support for 3D Blu-ray functionality. Some of the social and mobile improvements coming to the Xbox One include activity feed improvements, an expanded friends area on the home screen, and information on when friends were last seen online. The latest update will also usher in support for mobile purchases, a low battery pop-up notification for controllers, the ability to disable notifications during videos, and OneGuide for Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland.

Source: Xbox Wire



July 18, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:49PM PST by gebraset

Google has just pushed an update for its Maps application for Android, bringing Google Maps to version 8.2. One of the major features of this latest version is the availability of elevation information for biking routes, allowing users to choose various paths based on elevation differences. Google has also incorporated new voice actions, such as estimated arrival time and when to make an upcoming turn. Users can even ask Google Maps questions involving these new voice actions during navigation mode. Another feature available in version 8.2 of Google Maps is My Places, which is accessible from the navigation menu and provides search history, saved places, and offline maps.

While Google has officially released version 8.2 of Google Maps, it will more than likely take a few days before most users have access to it since it is being rolled out in a staggered format.

Source: Greenbot


Comments (0) | Posted at 02:37PM PST by gebraset

Dell is following in the footsteps of other major companies, such as DISH and TigerDirect, by announcing that it is now accepting Bitcoin as a valid form of payment through its online marketplace Transactions between customers and Dell that involve Bitcoin are made possible by a partnership with Coinbase, an international digital wallet that allows users to buy, use, and accept Bitcoin. Consumer and small business shoppers will be able to use Bitcoins on the Dell website within the next two weeks, according to Laura Thomas, the Chief Blogger for Direct2Dell.com

An Alienware promotion has also been revealed along with the Bitcoin acceptance announcement, where consumers can save 10 percent off of a new Alienware system purchase. The savings for this promotion are capped at $150, however.



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:16PM PST by ClayMeow
Ubisoft Bringing Parkour to San Diego Comic Con with the Assassin's Creed Experience

If you're able to make you way to San Diego Comic Con, July 24-27, you can partake in a one of a kind experience. With the help of Ubisoft's Chief Parkour Officer Michael "Frosti" Zernow and Tempest Freerunning, Ubisoft is setting up a special parkour course entitled the Assassin's Creed Experience, allowing anyone to experience what it's like to be their favorite Assassin's Creed characters, minus the assassinating – because that's illegal. If you watch the video or take a look at the mockup below, you'll see that the course is being designed to emulate the obstacles and parkour maneuvers present in the Assassin's Creed games. And yes, that includes the most iconic move of them all, a 25-foot Leap of Faith!

If this all sounds like a bit much for a layperson to handle, there will be professionals from Tempest Freerunning (including Zernow) to provide tips and advice. Completing the course (or maybe just attempting it?) will reward you with an exclusive t-shirt. Bonus points if you complete it in Assassin's Creed cosplay?

So how long after it opens before someone gets injured? I'm guessing a waiver will need to be signed.

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on October 28, 2014, for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: UbiBlog



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:03AM PST by ClayMeow
NVIDIA Launches the Ultimate Quest, Culminating in a New Product Launch July 22

Do you want to win a mysterious new NVIDIA product launching on July 22? Well, you're going to have to work for it! Today, NVIDIA launched an interactive tweet-based text adventure entitled Ultimate Quest: Journey to the Far Side of Possible by internationally renowned interactive fiction author Emily Short and featuring illustrations by Silvio Aebischer (Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, Iron Man 2). According to NVIDIA, "The challenges are surprising, the images are beautifully-crafted and this is a unique foray into a forward-thinking world of social gameplay."

Ultimate Quest takes place over the course of five days, July 18-22. Each day, a new episode will unfold and you'll have to participate every day in order to win. "New pieces of the story reveal new ways to interact with the game, including on social media, and solving a variety of unusual and perplexing problems brings the story forward." If you progress through all five days and you're the first person to beat the game on that fifth day, you'll win NVIDIA's new, unannounced product launching that very same day. A new video card? A new SHIELD? A new tablet? Whatever it is, I'm sure you'll want it, so get to work now at the official site!

"There will be a variety of social activity tagged with #UltimateQuest on Twitter, with @NVIDIAGeForce driving the conversation. If you get stuck anywhere along the way, go to @Ultimate_Qs and see what kind of tips you can dig up."

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:16AM PST by CheeseMan42

Amazon has now confirmed what has been rumored for some time, and previewed earlier this week, a subscription service is now available for the popular Kindle e-Reader. The Kindle Unlimited service will cost $9.99 per month, with a 30 day trial included, and will give users access to more than 600,000 titles including such popular titles as "The Hunger Games" and "Flash Boys." A number of large publishers including HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster are currently absent from the offerings, but Amazon is also including its selection of audiobooks with the service. Kindle Senior VP Russ Grandinetti described the service saying it is, "by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and e-books together."

Source: NY Times



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:04AM PST by ClayMeow
Styx: Master of Shadows Gets a Summer Trailer and Official Site

Announced all the way back in January, with its first trailer in February, Styx: Master of Shadows finally has its own official site. But more importantly, the debut of the official site brings with it a brand new Summer Trailer, which explains a little bit of the story while showing us some more gameplay. After watching the new trailer, be sure to go back and watch the E3 Gameplay Video from last month, which shows nearly fifteen minutes of unedited gameplay.

Styx: Master of Shadows is planned for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this September.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:06AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Most every time you visit a website, a host of servers somewhere have to run the right operations to gather the data you need, and then send it to you. As some websites use large data centers, with the servers working for you spread out, the latency between the servers can impact performance. Currently decentralized communication protocols are used to manage communication in a data center, but researchers at MIT have recently designed a new, centralized system that can offer better performance.

Decentralized protocols enable each node in a network to send and receive information without instruction. Provided the routers transmitting the information do not get overwhelmed, this approach can work well, but in some data centers they are being overwhelmed, causing large queues to form, leading to congestion. One would not expect a solution to come from sending requests to a central arbiter server, which takes 40 microseconds, but the MIT, Fastpass system not only reduces the congestion, but does so by a very significant amount. The Fastpass system takes advantage of parallel programming to divide the work of scheduling communication across multiple cores. The first core looks at the pending requests, schedules one for a slot, and then passes to the next core all of the requests involving either the source or destination node of the schedule request.

The researchers found that by using this approach, the Fastpass system is able to handle a network transmitting at 2.2 terabits per second, with just eight cores. In experiments to be presented in August, the researchers will show that Fastpass cut the average queue length in a Facebook data center by 99.6%, and the average latency from 3.56 microseconds to 0.23 microseconds.

Source: MIT



July 17, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:49PM PST by gebraset

Amazon's Prime Instant Video service has been available for some time on various devices, including game consoles, smart televisions, tablets, and more. However, the service has not been available on any Android device since its initial offering to Prime subscribers. That is finally set to change as Russell Morris, marketing director at Amazon Instant Video, has revealed that a Prime Instant Video application is set to be released for Android soon. The upcoming release of an Android application will make Prime Instant Video available to even more users than ever, allowing it to compete better with Netflix.

While Amazon Prime Instant video is coming to Android devices soon, it is unknown if it will be available for both tablets and smartphones.

Source: PC Advisor



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:44PM PST by gebraset

Tt eSPORTS has just released its latest computer peripheral, the VENTUS gaming mouse. The VENTUS laser gaming mouse is ambidextrous and is suited for users who have a palm or claw grip. Plenty of technology is provided by Tt eSPORTS as well, with the VENTUS featuring an AVAGO 5700 DPI laser sensor and OMRON switches. Seven programmable buttons, with storage of up to five profiles, provide a total of 35 programmable macros. Aesthetically, the VENTUS gaming mouse features a honeycomb design with red LEDs within the left click, mouse wheel, and the palm rest.

The Tt eSPORTS VENTUS will be globally available in August of this year, and will carry an MSRP of $39.99.

Source: Press Release


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