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November 18, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 03:45PM PST by gebraset
be quiet! Announces Silent Base 800 Chassis

be quiet!, a leading manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions, has just announced additional details about its Silent Base 800 chassis that was revealed earlier this year. The case provides incredible cooling performance, as it incorporates a total of three Pure Wings 2 fans and supports the installation of four additional fans; all air intakes feature dust filters. Quiet operation is an important feature of the Silent Base 800 as well, as it incorporates panels that prevent sound waves from escaping the case, thanks to a brand new anechoic material. The Silent Base 800 supports ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards, and offers owners with three 5.25-inch, seven 3.5-inch, and four 2.5-inch tool-free drives. The latest case from be quiet! is also sturdy, as it uses thick steel, high-quality ABS plastic, and U-shape edges to provide ultimate rigidity.

The Silent Base 800, which features an MSRP of $139.90 and comes in color combinations of completely black, black and orange, and black and silver, will be available to purchase starting on November 24.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:06PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many a long time the idea of life and liquid water on Mars has intrigued humanity. To look at it now, we can see it is dry and arid, but we have also learned that it likely did once have water flowing over its surface. Now researchers at Brown University and the Weizmann Institute of Science are suggesting that these warm periods, when water might have flowed, were episodic and based on the planet's volcanism.

Part of the reason Mars is dry today is because it is too cold to support liquid water. Some believe that it may have supported it billions of years ago, but that long ago, the Sun was dimmer, so where would the heat have come from? What the researchers suggest is that periods of volcanic activity may have triggered temporary warming periods, allowing water to form around the equator. This would be the opposite of what we see on Earth though, as volcanos typically cool our planet, but then our atmosphere is very different from that of Mars. The red planet has a dusty atmosphere, and the sulfuric acid released by volcanism could have caused the dust to clump up, allowing more light to strike the surface, while sulfur dioxide may also have kept some of the heat from escaping.

If this theory is correct, one of the implications is that the planet likely only enjoyed these warm periods for decades or centuries at a time. That may not seem like much time, but it is still possible that life could have formed and bloomed during those periods, in which case we may have a better idea of where to look for any fossil remnants.

Source: Brown University

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:20AM PST by bp9801

New NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers are available, with Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor all getting some nice improvements. The new GeForce 344.75 WHQL drivers offer performance improvements in those four games and others, so if any of you picked them up or are planning to pick them up, now is a good time to update your drivers. There are also new SLI profiles for Heroes of the Storm Alpha and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, plus an updated one for Assassin's Creed Unity. NVIDIA does state that both BioWare and Ubisoft are working to get any single and multi-GPU issues ironed out for Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4, so please be patient while that is being resolved. Ubisoft plans to get something out today, while BioWare is still working on it.

The 344.75 drivers also provide support for NVIDIA's Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA), which helps to improve anti-aliasing quality while minimizing the performance hit. It only works on the GTX 980, 970, 980M, and 970M right now, as well as about 20 games. In order to take advantage of MFAA, you simply need to enable it in the NVIDIA Control Panel and then set MSAA in the games to either 2x or 4x. You can see the full list of supported games at GeForce.com, but some examples include: Civilization: Beyond Earth, Assassin's Creed Unity, Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, and Saints Row IV.

NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready 344.75 WHQL drivers can be downloaded from GeForce.com or through GeForce Experience.

Source: GeForce

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:56AM PST by bp9801

A new day is here, with plenty of items for you to check out, including a review on how NVIDIA's Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) performs on the GeForce GTX 980. MFAA is a new technique developed by the company to make your games look even better, so be sure to check out the article to see how well it works. We also have a look at the Corsair Vengenace LPX 16GB DDR4 memory kit, as well as a primer on everything you need to know about DDR4 memory. Convenient. The Corsair Neutron XT 256GB SSD gets reviewed to see how the Phison PS3110-S10 controller helps out in performance. If you need some new peripherals, then you're in luck, as we have a review on the ASUS ROG Gladius gaming mouse, as well as the Aorus Thunder K7 mechanical keyboard, M7 MMO mouse, and P3X mouse pad.

Video Cards
NVIDIA Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) Tested on GTX 980 @ PC Perspective

Corsair Vengenace LPX 16GB DDR4 @ Madshrimps
Tech Primer: What you need to know about DDR4 memory @ TechSpot

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair Neutron XT 256GB SSD @ PC Perspective

ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Aorus Thunder K7 Mechanical Keyboard, M7 MMO Mouse, and P3X Mouse Pad @ TechSpot

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:08AM PST by gebraset

Ayan Qureshi, who is currently six-years-old and attending his first year as a student at Clifford Bridge Primary School in the United Kingdom, has been named the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world. The young boy successfully passed the Microsoft certification exam on September 27, 2014 when he was just five-years-old, which also happens to be the age that he built his first computer. Qureshi told BBC's Asian Network that he encountered a variety of questions that included multiple choice, drag and drop, hotspot, and scenario based. According to his father, Qureshi has an amazing memory that allowed him to retain a wealth of information, which certainly assisted the boy in successfully passing the exam at his age.

Source: HotHardware

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:24AM PST by gebraset

Amazon has just pushed an update to its core Android application, which features a variety of components such as shopping and Amazon Instant Video. The most notable feature within the updated application is support for Android Wear, which provides users with the ability to save an idea or search for products with their voice. When a product is found after the search is initiated, users can utilize their Android Wear device to purchase the item or save it to their wish list, enabling users to make even more mobile purchases than they currently do. The updated Amazon application also includes Android Lollipop support along with a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Source: Android Police

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:08AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many of our modern devices rely on electronics that perform operations based on the charge of electrons. In the future, electronics may be replaced by spintronics, which use a different property of electrons, but much must be done before that future can be achieved. Researchers at New York University and the University of Barcelona have recently succeeded in creating and controlling spin waves in a way that is bringing that future a little closer.

Instead of relying on the charge of electrons, spintronics use their spin, which is an intrinsic property tied to magnetism. This allows spintronics to potentially be much more efficient, as spin waves do not have to possess a certain amount of energy to be readable. Producing and controlling spin waves is not easy though, at least not when the target is waves that will be useful for advanced devices. Ideally these waves will have short wavelengths, which are what the researchers have managed to create by injecting spin-polarized currents into magnetic materials, using nanoscale contacts. That made the waves short, but by combining magnetic forces they were also able to confine the spin waves into magnetic droplets that remained still, instead of propagating out.

By controlling these droplets, it could one day be possible to emit spin waves on demand, with information encoded in them.

Source: New York University

November 17, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:30PM PST by ClayMeow
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Gets a Season Pass Trailer

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launched last week with the Season Pass immediately providing three add-on packs: The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Batman 75th. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) released an official Season Pass Trailer, along with unveiling one of the three remaining packs: Arrow. "Become the Green Arrow, voiced by Stephen Amell, from the hit TV show Arrow on The CW. Explore Starling City and interact with new characters, including Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Huntress, Slade Wilson, Black Canary and more."

The Arrow Add-On Pack is simply listed as "coming soon", while the remaining two packs are still being kept secret. The Season Pass is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 for $14.99 / £11.99, with each pack available individually at $2.99 / £2.50 apiece.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:24PM PST by ClayMeow
Bad Juju Games Has Acquired Digital Distributor Desura

Desura is a digital distribution service for PC that officially launched back in 2009. While it may not have the same popularity as Steam, it's a site for the little guys, providing a variety of tools for indie developers to bring their games to the masses. The site features more than 2600 games and over a million monthly active users. Earlier in the month, indie game and middleware tools developer Bad Juju Games announced that it acquired Desura from its former owner and operator Linden Lab, which will be focusing its efforts on Second Life and Blocksworld.

Founded in 2010, Bad Juju Games has worked with a variety of developers, both big and small, providing tools, technology, and interactive solutions for several AAA games. Working with the likes of Bandai Namco, EA, Activision, and more, it'll be interesting to see if Bad Juju tries to encourage those publishers to add its library to Desura. Regardless, Bad Juju has several improvements in mind. Leaderboards, Achievements, Cloud Storage, Player Stats and Profiles, and its Business Intelligence will all be made available to developers at no additional cost. For consumers, Bad Juju promises "major price savings, rewards, an expanded game title catalog, and a fully native cross-platform game management client application."

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:31PM PST by ClayMeow
Cooperative Mode Added to NeocoreGames' Deathtrap Early Access

Tower-defense, action-RPG hybrid Deathtrap entered Steam Early Access back on October 22, and while its had its fair share of updates over the weeks, one of its biggest ones arrived today. Alongside a new class, Mercenary, today's update has added Cooperative Mode, allowing you to join up to three friends to save the world together. Check out the Co-Op Gameplay Trailer to learn more:

Deathtrap is available via Steam Early Access for $19.99. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will come at a later, undisclosed date.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:10PM PST by ClayMeow
Far Cry 4's Season Pass Packs a Punch... and a Yeti

Far Cry 4 launches tomorrow, but before we get an official launch trailer, Ubisoft has provided us with the full trailer for the Season Pass, expanding upon the teaser we got a little over a week ago. While the teaser merely gave us a glimpse of a yeti, the full trailer provides a look at each of the four DLC packs, though sadly nothing more on the yeti front.

Far Cry 4 will launch tomorrow for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:44PM PST by CheeseMan42

The upcoming USB 3.1 standard will increase the transfer speed of the interconnect from 4.8 Gbps to 9.6 Gbps and will be backwards compatible with the mobile high-definition link (MHL) 3 specification. The MHL 3 spec allows devices with a USB Type-C connector to transfer ultra HD content between devices such as smartphones and televisions. More than 650 million smartphones already have support for the MHL spec and HDTVs should support it within a year. MHL Consortium President Rob Tobias said, "This benefits consumers and systems designers because a single connector reduces costs and increases functionality," while USB-Implementers Forum CEO Jeff Ravencraft added, "The USB Type-C cable and connector is designed to be a long-lasting, robust solution that is ideal for all platforms and devices."

Source: PC Magazine

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:29PM PST by CheeseMan42

The United State Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a $425 million contract to build a pair of supercomputers at the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. $325 million will go to the Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) program to build the two computers and the remaining $100 million will be used to "further develop extreme scale supercomputing technologies as part of a research and development program titled FastForward2." The new computers are expected to deliver performance up to three times greater than the current most powerful system, Tianhe-2, located at China's National Super Computer Center. Oak Ridge will receive Summit, capable of 150 to 300 petaflops, while Lawrence Livermore will receive Sierra, capable of 100 petaflops dedicated to the national nuclear security mission. Both computers will be powered by IBM Power Architecture processors and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and are scheduled to be installed in 2017. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz described the move saying, "DOE and its National Labs have always been at the forefront of HPC and we expect that critical supercomputing investments like CORAL and FastForward2 will again lead to transformational advancements in basic science, national defense, environmental and energy research that rely on simulations of complex physical systems and analysis of massive amounts of data."

Source: Press Release and NVIDIA

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:50PM PST by bp9801

The time is nearly here, when we take up the mantle of the Inquisitor and protect the world of Thedas. Dragon Age: Inquisition arrives tomorrow in North America, and today we have the launch trailer for it, which gives us a glimpse of the wonderful world BioWare has crafted. It actually is set to a fairly haunting rendition of "It's a Wonderful World," one that perfectly sets the stage for what Inquisition has to offer. Everything in the trailer looks outstanding, from the immense vistas and fortresses, to the companions, enemies, monsters, demons, and of course, those dragons. The dragon battles look to be truly epic and potentially terrifying, as you'll no doubt have to plan your strategy of attack to suceed against them. There is plenty more to offer in the trailer, including a glimpse at the Elder One, who we'll have to find a way to stop.

Dragon Age: Inquisition arrives on the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 tomorrow in North America, although you can preload it now and begin playing once it launches at 12am Eastern. It's already available in South Korea, arrives on Thursday in Europe and Australia, and Friday in the United Kingdom.

Source: BioWare

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:16PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Superconductors are amazing materials that could one day revolutionize the world by allowing the electrons to flow without resistance. That day has not yet come though, because materials only become superconducting at low temperatures. While investigating one, researchers at Linköping University discovered it undergoes a process that could upset our understanding of superconductivity in this and similar superconductors.

The superconductor in question is YBa2Cu3O7-x, or YBCO, which is a ceramic copper-based material that becomes superconducting at -183 ºC. Since it was first discovered, researchers have known it was odd because it consists of two planes of copper oxide, with separate chains of copper oxide between them. Exactly what role these chains played has been unknown for years, but it had been discovered that varying the oxygen doping of the chains, influences the critical temperature of the material. Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering, the researchers found that the material undergoes self-doping, whereby positively charged holes are supplied to the copper oxide planes from the chains, when cooled.

This had not been observed before in this material and will almost certainly change our understanding of how superconductivity arises in many copper-based high-temperature superconductors. Normally a constant doping level is assumed, but this no longer appears to be the case.

Source: EurekAlert!

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:45AM PST by gebraset

According to a recent report from Juniper Research, which provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, just over 2 billion mobile users will engage in some form of mobile commerce by the end of 2017. The report notes that banking, consumer purchases, and money transfers are continuing to be done on mobile devices instead of desktops, and that countless users are shifting towards mobile platforms. Within five years, the report notes that mobile devices will account for over half of all online transactions. Additionally, while contactless payment systems are slow to be adopted outside of countries like Japan and South Korea, NFC payment systems such as Apple Pay are expected to help mobile use grow even further in the coming years.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:05AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

At this point, QR codes are practically part of day-to-day life, sending us information and links with our smartphone cameras. While they already have many uses, one would probably not expect the next use they may have. Researchers at the University of Connecticut, as reported in The Optical Society's Optica journal, have developed a way to store 3D information in QR codes, and to do so securely.

Many people probably do not think about it, but QR codes can actually be dangerous as many scanners will just open the links the codes contain, and those sites may contain malicious code. This is because those QR codes only contain the web address and nothing else. The system the researchers developed however, keeps some of the data in the code, so an Internet connection is not needed. The data is actually a portion of a 3D image, made from multiple 2D images, and broken into parts. By scanning multiple codes in sequence, a phone can collect all of the data and reconstitute the original, 3D image.

The process is a bit more complicated than that though, as the data in the codes is also encrypted and compressed, so the scanner will need the proper key to decrypt it. Modern smartphones are capable of this though, so the researchers see a future where these QR codes are used to securely share 3D information using standard smartphone technologies.

Source: The Optical Society

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:33AM PST by bp9801

A new week is here, which means several new items for you to start the week off on. There is a look at the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK motherboard, which is part of the company's new "Black Edition" line of motherboards that have received extra testing to insure system security. We also have a review on the High Power Astro GD 1200W fully modular power supply, which features a single +12V rail and an 80 PLUS Gold rating. If you want a new keyboard, perhaps the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma is the one for you, with its mechanical switches and RGB lighting. Wrapping things up today is the Shuttle Barebone XH81 system that can support an Intel Haswell processor for those desiring a powerful HTPC.

Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK @ ThinkComputers

Power Supplies
High Power Astro GD 1200W Fully Modular @ PC Perspective

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma @ LanOC Reviews

Shuttle Barebone XH81 @ Madshrimps

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:34AM PST by gebraset

OCZ has decided to release a new version of its Vertex 460 SSD, the Vertex 460A. The new model by OCZ features updating branding across the device, but more importantly, includes Toshiba A19 series MLC NAND flash which replaces the older 19 nm Toshiba flash found in the Vertex 460. The OCZ Vertex 460A also comes with the company’s new ShieldPlus warranty, which allows customers to provide OCZ with their device’s serial number to file a claim, with no purchase receipt needed. Additionally, the warranty covers shipping costs both ways for those within the United States and European Union regions.

Source: OCZ and TechPowerUp

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:29AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Malware is a problem for everyone with a computer device that connects to any other. With the right attack, popular and important services can be taken down and private information can be stolen, which makes protection systems very important. Researchers at the University of Utah have recently created a new tool that not only protects against malware, but can repair the damage, and learns to block it in the future.

Advanced Adaptive Applications, or A3, was designed to protect virtual machines by continually scanning its operations with stackable debuggers. These are multiple debugging tools that all run on top of each other, to watch what a virtual machine is doing and catch any errant behavior. When it does, it will stop the virus or attack, and then approximates a repair for the software code that was affected. It also learns to prevent the issue from happening again. All of this it does in just minutes and without disrupting servers.

The researchers have already demonstrated A3 with the Shellshock attack, and succeeded in stopping the attack and repairing the damage in just four minutes. It was designed to run on systems using a version of Linux and was funded by DARPA, but being open source, the researchers believe that it could be adapted into commercial products at some point.

Source: University of Utah

November 16, 2014
Comments (2) | Posted at 08:42PM PST by ClayMeow
Hack-and-Slash MMORPG Lost Ark Gets Debut Trailer, as Developer Considers Global Market

South Korean studio SmileGate has unveiled its new upcoming title, Lost Ark. Previously known as Project T, Lost Ark is an isometric, hack-and-slash MMORPG built using Unreal Engine 3 and co-developed by Tripod Studio, and its debut trailer is already generating quite the buzz with its striking visuals. Lost Ark will feature a whopping 18 playable characters, with four revealed thus far: Fighter, Warrior, Magician, and Gunner. Already the skills look quite unique, with amazing special effects and weaponry ranging from giant swords to magic to guns. Oh, and there are various mounts as well, including a dragon and giant mech.

With its isometric view and hack-and-slash gameplay, Lost Ark will certainly garner comparisons to Diablo 3 and Path of Exile. But from what is shown in the trailer, Lost Ark may not only be able to compete with the likes of those games, but also stand on its own. The production value appears awfully high, especially for a game that will likely be free-to-play based on SmileGate's biggest title, CrossFire. If the game's future publisher can keep the microtransactions at a purely aesthetic level like Grinding Gear Games has done with Path of Exile, Lost Ark could be a major success.

Of course the burning question is whether Lost Ark will actually make its way to Western markets. Fortunately, it seems that SmileGate is creating the game with a global mindset. Ji Won-gil, who heads both Tripod Studio and the SmileGate Group's affiliate SmileGate RPG, told Koreatimes that "the game is designed to target both domestic and overseas markets." That being said, nothing's set in stone, with him going on to say that the company still needs to "think over how to localize detailed parts of the game to attract foreign users."

Lost Ark has been in development for more than three years, with more than 150 members on the development team. Closed Beta is expected to begin next year, though that will likely be for South Korea only.

Source: Steparu [1] & [2] and Koreatimes and Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:30PM PST by ClayMeow
Leaked Screenshots of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Reveal Some Familiar Faces

While Telltale Games revealed that the focus of its upcoming Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series would be the lesser known House Forrester, there will certainly be a lot of familiar faces present in the game to anyone who has watched the HBO series. At least, that's if the eight leaked screenshots that have been spread all over social media are indeed legit. Kotaku claims that XBLA-focused Twitter account lifelower was the first to release the screenshots, but whatever the source, they should certainly be taken with a grain of salt.

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is coming soon to PC (Windows & Mac), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS.

Source: Kotaku

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:07PM PST by ClayMeow

Earlier in the month, Disney announced that its cloud movie service Disney Movies Anywhere would support Google Play purhcases, after it launched in February with iTunes support. Now comes word that purchases from Vudu, an online store operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will also be integrated into Disney Movies Anywhere. So whether you buy one of the 400+ Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies on iTunes, Google Play, or Vudu, you'll now be able to access them on a variety of devices through Disney's app. The news comes alongside the release of digital versions of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and a sing-along version of Disney's Frozen.

Source: Reuters

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:05PM PST by ClayMeow
Reddit CEO Yishan Wong Resigns Following Disagreement with Board

It seems that Reddit's board is getting a bit of a shake-up. Following a disagreement last week with the board over a new office, Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has resigned. Business and partnerships strategist Ellen Pao will step into the role of CEO, while co-founder Alexis Ohanian will return as Executive Chairman. According to investor Sam Altman, Wong was not asked to resign, but rather came to the decision on his own after the board didn't approve the new office.

Source: Reddit Blog via Reuters

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:33AM PST by ClayMeow
New Screenshots Emerge for Triad Wars

Announced back in September, United Front Games is bringing PC gamers a Sleeping Dogs spin-off in early 2015, entitled Triad Wars. While no new information has been divulged in regards to the PC-exclusive, online, open-world, action-adventure, strategy game set in Hong Kong, United Front did release twelve new screenshots for our viewing pleasure. Well, more like nine new ones and three repeats.

Source: Press Release

November 15, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:49PM PST by ClayMeow
PC Gamers, Be Prepared to Jump to Windows 10; DirectX 12 May Not Come to Windows 7

If you're an avid PC gamer like myself, you're likely eagerly awaiting the next iteration of Microsoft's DirectX API, DirectX 12 (DX12). Officially unveiled during GDC 2014 back in March, DX12 is poised to be the biggest jump since DX9 to DX10 thanks to improved CPU utilization, lower-level access, and more. But what is still unknown is what the operating system requirement will be. While all Microsoft devices will have DX12 support moving forward, including Xbox One and Windows-powered mobile devices, recent information indicates that Windows 7 will not be supported.

The claim that DX12 won't come to Windows 7 was made by AMD's Chief Gaming Scientist (yes, that's a real position) Richard Huddy, who let that tidbit slip during a PDXLAN presentation earlier in the month. His exact words were, "One thing that's not going to happen to [Windows 7] is DX12. Yup, DX12 is not coming to Windows 7." Yes, he outright said that, leaving no gray area. However, AMD told GameSpot earlier today that Huddy simply "misspoke," stating the following:

"There have been reports based on a video of Richard Huddy of AMD making speculative comments around DirectX 12 support on versions of Windows. Richard Huddy does not speak for Microsoft, and he was unfortunately speculating from Microsoft’s publication of key dates and milestones for Windows 7 lifecycle and mainstream support policy. Richard has no special insight into Microsoft’s Windows or DirectX roadmaps. Microsoft is a key, strategic partner for AMD and we’re continuously collaborating with them on DirectX 12."

It's highly likely that AMD is just trying to cover its ass right now, with Huddy likely letting private, NDA-covered information slip publicly. Windows 7 celebrated its fifth anniversary last month and mainstream support for the OS will cease in January 2015, so it is certainly highly likely DX12 will require Windows 8 or later, whether or not Huddy and AMD know the truth. So if you're like the majority of PC gamers who stuck with Windows 7 all this time, you may want to keep your eyes on Windows 10.

Source: PC Gamer and GameSpot

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:02PM PST by gebraset

DirecTV, one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services, has announced that it has become the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming directly to the televisions of its customers. The television provider currently offers nearly 20 movies from both Paramount Pictures and K2 Communications, with more titles to be announced in the near future. According to the Executive Vice President and CTO of DirecTV, Romulo Pontual, "The picture quality and depth of detail that 4K provides is nothing short of remarkable and we will continue to expand our 4K lineup as consumer demand grows and evolves."

While the 4K Ultra HD content is available across DirecTV, only customers with DirecTV’s Genie HD DVR will be able to watch 4K programming on supporting 2014 Samsung UHD TVs, as a part of an exclusive partnership.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:48PM PST by gebraset

Although an official announcement will more than likely be made tomorrow at an Uber global conference, it looks like the ridesharing service will soon feature Spotify integration. Spotify has been attempting to branch outside of its own offering for some time, and with integration into Uber, it will continue to reach additional users. According to a leaked screenshot of a user interface apparently hidden within the current Uber application, passengers of Uber vehicles with an AUX audio input will be able to pause, skip, rewind, and shuffle songs. The user interface will also show the song title and the artist of the music being played through the car audio system.

Source: TechCrunch

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:05PM PST by ClayMeow
Escape Dead Island Gets Launch Trailer Ahead of November 18 Release

Announced back in July, "third-person single-player survival mystery spin-off" Escape Dead Island is just about ready to drop with its unique cel-shaded aesthetic. Instead of waiting for its North American release, publisher Deep Silver has decided to grace us with the official Launch Trailer a few days early.

Escape Dead Island is coming to Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 for $39.99 on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe. Pre-purchasing the PC version on Steam or participating retailers won't grant you any bonus content or discount, but it does grant you guaranteed access to the Dead Island 2 beta when that commences. And if for some reason you'd rather play the beta on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One instead of PC, you'll have that option.

Source: Press Release and Steam

Comments (2) | Posted at 04:16PM PST by ClayMeow
Never Alone Gets Launch Trailer Ahead of November 18 Release

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a puzzle platformer developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people. According to publisher E-Line Media, "nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members contributed to the development of the game." Players control a young Iñupiat girl named Nuna and an arctic fox, able to switch between the two on-the-fly or engage in local co-op. While the game doesn't release until November 18, the official Launch Trailer is now live:

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is coming to Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 18.

Source: Press Release and Steam

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