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August 12, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:59AM PST by ClayMeow
Rise of the Tomb Raider Unveiled as an Xbox One Exclusive

Say it isn't so! During Microsoft's Gamescom Conference, the company dropped the bombshell that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is an Xbox One exclusive. Yes, Tomb Raider, a franchise that got its start on PC and the original PlayStation; a franchise that, when Crystal Dynamics took over development duties in 2006, was multi-platform (some games even appearing on Nintendo consoles); a franchise that was rebooted last year on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 along with ports to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Yet somehow, this long-standing, third-party franchise that has always been multi-platform is now an exclusive to a single console? In a blog post to the "Tomb Raider Community", Darrell Gallagher, Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios, confirmed the news:

Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

So one has to wonder how much Microsoft paid for this exclusivity. Publisher Square Enix was initially disappointed with the sales performance of the 2013 Tomb Raider before it finally became profitable after almost ten months. Then in March of this year, a year after release, Crystal Dynamics reported that the Tomb Raider reboot was on course to become the best-selling game in the history of the franchise, surpassing six million units sold. What's Square Enix going to think when sales of the sequel are undoubtedly far less? Very odd decision indeed.

Unsurprisingly, this announcement is not sitting well with fans. Gallagher acts like having Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris on PC and PlayStation 4 shows that the studio isn't walking away from those consoles; but as fun as that game looks, it shares nothing with the Tomb Raider games other than a protagonist. And now the question is, will this Tomb Raider exclusivity announcement actually affect sales of the Lara Croft game? Why should angered PC and PS4 fans give Square Enix their money? Odds are that Rise of the Tomb Raider is merely a timed exclusive, but that's never actually stated; nor would that appease irate fans even if it was. I'd tell Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics, and Microsoft to prepare for the shitstorm that's about to ensue...but it's already begun.

Source: Press Release and Tomb Raider Blog



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:04AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Power bricks are part of the reality of many electronics, from game consoles to mobile devices, and they can come in many shapes and sizes. All serve a similar function though of converting power in one form to another, such as from AC to DC. This conversion process is not always simple and can actually cost energy, which is why researchers at MIT have been developing systems to improve the efficiency of power electronics.

One of the ways the researchers are working to improve performance is to increase the switching frequency of the devices. A higher frequency means less power needs to be buffered in capacitors, reducing their size and heat, and enables easier redirection of the energy, because it is working with less energy. The researchers built a prototype LED driver that uses higher frequencies and ceramic capacitors, instead of the more common electrolytic capacitors, and found it could also push a power density five to ten times more than current systems.

The researchers are also looking at ways to improve power systems at server farms. Currently the power coming in has to go through many stages before reaching the servers. By reducing the steps, such as making it all DC without converting to AC at any point, the efficiency could be increased, and potentially the system's ability to adapt to use.

Source: MIT



August 11, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:47PM PST by ClayMeow
Cybernetically Enhanced Kano Officially Revealed for Mortal Kombat X

Last month, Raiden was officially unveiled as the seventh character in Mortal Kombat X, with a more thorough gameplay video published last week. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and NetherRealm Studios announced Kano, the cybernetically enhanced mercenary with that iconic laser eye. Of course, the reveal wouldn't be complete without a gameplay trailer accompanying it, which shows off his three variations and brutal X-Ray move, but simply teasing us with a glimpse at his Fatality.

In order of their appearance in the video, Kano's three variations are: Cutthroat, specializing in Knife Strike Kombos; Cybernetic, specializing in Laser Eye and Weapons; and Commando, specializing in Grappling.

Mortal Kombat X will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in 2015. No Kano screenshots yet, but I'm sure they'll come soon enough.

Source: IGN



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:19PM PST by ClayMeow
Toy Soldiers: War Chest is Bringing Rainbows and Sunshine to the Toy Soldiers Universe

Signal Studios developed the original tower defense, action strategy hybrid Toy Soldiers back in 2010, followed by a sequel in 2011, but then took a break from the series to develop free-to-play action-RPG Ascend:Hand of Kul. Now the studio is back with a new Toy Soldiers entry and a new publishing partner, Ubisoft. Entitled Toy Soldiers: War Chest, this new entry in the series is seriously upping the ante in every way – more heroes, more armies, more missions, more turrets, more game modes, and expanded multiplayer options.

While Toy Soldiers and its sequel Toy Soldiers: Cold War featured two armies apiece, War Chest will have four armies at launch, and not just your typical soldier armies. While Kaiser returns to lead his WWI-era German forces into battle, a brand new army has been unveiled that is quite...different. Led by the dangerous heroine Starbright, the Star Power army will enter the fray with "unicorn steeds, ferocious pixies, flying Pegasus, and laser-shooting teddy bears, [raining] hearts and rainbows of destruction onto the battlefield." Yes, you read that correctly – "Toy Soldiers: War Chest leaves the battlefields of past-eras behind to face off against the armies from players' imaginations." The additional two armies will be revealed over time, along with the new game modes.

Toy Soldiers: War Chest is scheduled to arrive early 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This will mark the first time the Toy Soldiers franchise appears on a PlayStation device, as the previous titles had been published by Microsoft for XBLA and Windows devices. Interestingly, Signal Studios is also working on Toy Soldiers: Complete, a combo pack containing both prior games and all its DLC, which has been in Steam Early Access since February.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:12PM PST by CheeseMan42

Acer has announced a new 13 inch Chromebook powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor running at 2.1GHz. Four models of the Chromebook 13 will be available with a price range from $280 to $380. An increase in price will give users a boost in screen resolution, storage space, and RAM with the highest price model offering full 1080p support, 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The Chromebook 13 will be less than one inch in thickness and weighs just over three pounds while also offering support for Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and HDMI output. It is available for preorder now and is expected to be available early next month.

Source: Tech Spot



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:56PM PST by CheeseMan42

Intel has revealed some details for its next generation processors built on the 14nm manufacturing, currently known by the code name Broadwell. The news chips were scheduled to release in 2013 but were delayed due to issues with quality control. A thermal design power (TDP) rating four times lower than the Intel Nehalem processors has resulted in the first Intel processor capable of running without a fan. The first device to be released using the Broadwell architecture will be Core M based devices, first showed off at Compute this year. The ability to run without a fan won't come for free as clock speeds may need to be scaled down, but "one of the reference tablets Intel demoed at Computex actually included a "fan dock" that could blow air onto the device to let it run faster while docked." More information could be made available next month at the Intel Developers Forum.

Source: The Register



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:19PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

I would never hazard to guess just how many scientific discoveries were the result of serendipity, but I do know the number is continuously growing. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a way to create protein/polymer nanostructures that will self-assemble by pure curiosity.

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) molecules are fairly well-known and understood, and are used in many experiments. Typically GFP molecules will not bind with each other, but when the researchers added PEO-dialkyne linkers to them, the molecules assembled into long fibers. Even in this assembled state, the molecules were still fluorescent, which is important as it shows their structures were not compromised. When the researchers exposed the fibers to sound waves, they found that the structures disassembled back into the GFP molecules, but after a few days, self-assembled again.

Scientists have been looking for a material capable of reversible fibrous self-assembly for some time, as it would have uses in tissue engineering, drug delivery, nanoreactors, and imaging. As the researchers have already successfully modelled the process, this discovery could be used for precision manipulation of nanoscale objects.

Source: Carnegie Mellon University



Comments (1) | Posted at 01:34PM PST by gebraset

In an effort to gain more customers following the recent announcement of the Alienware 13, ORIGIN has just launched a new trade-in program aimed specifically at owners of Alienware laptops. The program provides owners with a trade-in offer that is honored for 14 days, following the submission of an online form that provides ORIGIN with information about any Alienware laptop. After a trade-in offer is accepted by an owner, the laptop must be shipped to ORIGIN where it will be inspected in order to confirm its condition and to verify its included accessories. As long as everything checks out, ORIGIN provides a fair market value for the Alienware laptop that can only be applied to any personal computer offered by ORIGIN. 

It is worth noting that the trade-in value can only be applied to the purchase of ORIGIN systems, as the value cannot be redeemed for cash or giftcards. While the program is enticing to Alienware laptop owners, ORIGIN does reserve the right to deny any trade-in and does not accept desktops, computer components, or any non-Alienware branded laptops.

Source: ORIGIN


Comments (0) | Posted at 12:58PM PST by gebraset

Although EA Sports has been delivering demos of every Madden title to gamers for the last ten years, the company today announced it is it effectively ending that trend. According to an Electronic Arts representative, no demo for Madden NFL 15 will be provided this year, and early access to the game will only be available through the company’s newly announced EA Access subscription service. No details were provided by the EA spokesperson as to why a demo for Madden NFL 15 will not be available to those looking to try the game before purchasing. It is also not known if this decision will affect other EA Sports titles that are being offered through EA Access, including NHL, FIFA and NBA Live.

Madden NFL 15 is currently set to be released on August 26, 2014, and will be available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Source: Polygon


Comments (0) | Posted at 12:16PM PST by gebraset

In April of 2013, AT&T announced that it would deliver 1Gbps Internet to Austin, Texas residents through its U-verse GigaPower service. While the service launched in December of 2013 as a network comprised of 100 percent fiber, it failed to deliver the 1Gbps speed that was initially advertised, instead providing subscribers with 300Mbps Internet service. Failing to deliver its advertised speeds, AT&T promised customers that sometime in 2014 1Gbps speeds would be successfully delivered. That day has finally come, as AT&T has revealed that it is now offering 1Gbps U-verse GigaPower service to residents that live in Austin. Moreover, those currently subscribed to AT&T’s U-verse GigaPower service that receive 300Mbps speeds will see their connection increase to 1Gbps at no additional charge.

For residential customers within GigaPower areas, 1Gbps Internet through AT&T U-verse starts at $70 a month and requires a one-year term.

Source: CNET


Comments (0) | Posted at 10:48AM PST by ClayMeow
Dead Island 2's First Gameplay Trailer

Revealed during E3 2014 with a spectacular CGI Announcement Trailer, open world, action-RPG Dead Island 2 is set to be the centerpiece of publisher Deep Silver's Gamescom booth when the show kicks off in two days. Developed by YAGER, the Berlin-based studio best known for Spec Ops: The Line, Dead Island 2 takes place in sunny California, under full quarantine by the US military. "California's newfound bloody paradise is an action-packed playground featuring the acclaimed, seamless multiplayer for up to eight players who cooperate, compete or simply coexist in a truly social, new-gen multiplayer experience." The debut gameplay trailer below, entitled "Sunshine & Slaughter", is simply pre-Alpha footage, yet already looks quite good. Meanwhile, the five new screenshots show insanely detailed zombies.

Dead Island 2 is set to arrive Spring 2015 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering grants you the "Golden State" Weapon Pack, featuring three exclusive weapons: Grinder, Katana, and Homestrike. The game will be playable at Gamescom (Hall 9.1, B011/C010), August 13-17, with the demo taking place in Los Angeles, just below the iconic Hollywood sign.

Source: Press Release



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

It may not be easy to recognize always, but hair has many uses in Nature when it can be controlled. One example is small hairs called cilia in our nasal passages that remove particles as they sway. Researchers at MIT have recently replicated this behavior with a microhair array that could see some interesting and important applications in the future.

The material is made of a transparent sheet of silicone with very small nickel pillars on it. Being nickel, these pillars respond to magnetic fields by aligning with them. Similar work has been done before using polymers with magnetic particles, but using just nickel gets around issues with distribution. By controlling the tilt of the pillars, the researchers found they were able to influence the flow of fluids on them. This effect was strong enough that the researchers succeeded in getting water to go against gravity, when the material was against a wall. The researchers also discovered that the microhairs affected the light passing through the material, akin to how blinds deflect light coming through a window.

With the ability to control fluids and light levels, the researchers see this material having potential use with smart windows and car windshields. It may also find applications with labs-on-a-chip, as a means to control the flow of fluids in realtime.

Source: MIT



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:04AM PST by ClayMeow
Remember Me Developer DONTNOD's New Game is an Episodic Narrative Adventure Called Life is Strange

Released in June 2013, Parisian developer DONTNOD Entertainment's first title, Remember Me, was a hidden gem. Its structure was extremely rigid, not allowing for any exploration or player choice, but if you're looking for a linear, story-driven action-adventure game, it doesn't get much better. Fans, like myself, have been hoping that DONTNOD would follow up with an open-world sequel or prequel, but sadly, at least for now, that doesn't seem likely. Instead, publisher Square Enix announced today that DONTNOD is developing a "brand new, episodic, digitally delivered, narrative driven adventure game entitled Life is Strange."

Life is Strange "takes place in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, where senior student Max Caulfield returns after a 5 year absence. Reunited with her former friend Chloe, the pair will attempt to uncover the uncomfortable truth behind the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber." DONTNOD promises that "choice and consequence" will play a key role in how the story unfolds, and Creative Director Jean-Max Moris believes it will be "the type of experience that perfectly fits today's renewed taste for originality and diversity." Oh, and Max discovers she has the ability to rewind time, affecting the game's narrative and changing "the course of history itself."

Perhaps most surprising of all is that DONTNOD decided to forgo a realistic aesthetic for a unique hand-drawn art style. One of the reasons Remember Me was so...memorable...was because the game's setting, Neo-Paris, felt like a living, breathing world filled with incredible detail and striking visuals. It's the main reason why most people were disappointed there was no exploration; because DONTNOD made a world you wanted to explore. It's interesting that the studio chose a decidedly different aesthetic, though based on the screenshots and concept art, it certainly looks like one that fits with the episodic adventure genre.

Life is Strange will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game is being shown at Gamescom this week, but only to journalists, not the public.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:24AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

The shortest path between two points may be a straight line, but it is not always the easiest. For some systems, including electronics, the easiest path can be around the edges of a material, where impurities will have a reduced impact. Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute have succeeded in making light take such a topological path, and the approach could one day make it onto photonic chips.

Topological insulators are materials that have the special property of only conducting electrons over their surface and not through their bulk. This results in the electrons travelling with very little resistance because they can flow around impurities. By recreating this effect with photons, light signals can be made to travel with very little lose. What the JQI researchers have accomplished is a photonic array on a chip that does more than just that. Provided the light follows the outside path of the array, it loses very little energy, compared to passing through its interior, but it also will cross the array in a set amount of time. The latter is an important feature as delaying optical signals normally takes optical fiber loops kilometers in length, but this is achieved on a chip.

All of this has also been achieved with great consistency, thanks to the reduced influence of irregularities. That is especially necessary for creating integrated photonic devices as irregularities could lead to device-to-device variations, which would cut into performance.

Source: EurekAlert!



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:50AM PST by bp9801

A new week is upon us, and we have a couple of items today to help get it started. There is a look at the AMD A10-7800 APU, which is the newest member of the company's Kaveri line. It sits in between the A10-7850K and A10-7700K, and could be a good option for those wanting all the Kaveri features without breaking the bank. Our other item for today is a review on the ASUS Zenfone 5, an Intel-powered Android phone that has the makings of a solid low-cost alternative to other smartphones.

CPUs
AMD A10-7800 APU @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
ASUS Zenfone 5 @ TechSpot



August 10, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:11AM PST by ClayMeow
Metro Redux is More Than a Remaster

Thanks to the new-gen consoles, remasters seem to be all the rage these days. After all, it's a lot cheaper to simply slap on a fresh coat of paint onto an existing product than it is to create a new one. Thankfully for Metro fans, 4A Games is taking a decidedly different approach. Metro Redux isn't a simple remaster, it's a complete overhaul. In a new video entitled "Uncovered", 4A Games shows all the changes and additions made to the Metro games. The PC versions of the Metro games already looked great, providing an immersive atmosphere rarely found in games; in Metro Redux, they look even better. While Metro 2033 obviously enjoys the most improvement, even Metro Last Light enjoys its fair share of improved visuals and effects. Meanwhile, both games now have two separate game modes to choose from (Survival and Spartan), along with Ranger Mode; catering to all sorts of fans and newcomers alike. And there's even new areas to explore!

Metro Redux is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 26 in North America and August 29 in Europe. A boxed retail compilation containing both games will sell for $49.99 / €39.99 / £34.99, while each game will be available individually as digital downloads for $24.99 / €19.99 / £15.99 apiece. Owners of the original games on Steam can get 50% off pre-purchases of the Redux versions.

Source: Press Release



August 9, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:19AM PST by gebraset

EA Access, a subscription-based model that offers EA games and special perks to gamers, has seen its fair share of news coverage since it was announced late last month. Although PlayStation owners will not be able to subscribe to EA Access due to Sony’s outlook on the service, Xbox One owners will be glad to hear that titles made available on the service are set to be permanent. EA chief operating officer Peter Moore revealed that "The Vault will get its share of triple-A titles," and that "We haven't made any announcements to that extent about exactly when, where and how, but the Vault will be substantial." Moore even confirmed that titles added to The Vault will stay there permanently, and that Electronics Arts has committed to not removing video games from EA Access.

Source: ComputerAndVideoGames



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:52AM PST by ClayMeow
Master the Terrain in Dying Light and Become the Ultimate Survivor

WB Games and Techland have released a brand new gameplay trailer for the first-person, open-world survival horror game Dying Light in preparation for Gamescom next week. The trailer shows off the huge open world, the parkour traversal elements, character customization, brutal melee, and four-player co-op. It certainly seems like Techland has learned a lot since developing Dead Island.

Dying Light is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in February 2015. The game will be shown at Gamescom, but it's unclear whether it will be playable.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:51AM PST by gebraset

Microsoft has revealed within its latest statistical report that its Windows Phone Store now contains more than 300,000 applications that are available to download. While it was not revealed just how many applications have been developed by Microsoft and other large entities versus independent developers, the latest number signifies that Windows Phone is growing quickly as a platform. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, "In the past year alone the Windows and Windows Phone app catalog has grown 94 percent, while the number of active developers has grown by 50 percent." Just in the last six months alone, statistics have shown that 100,000 apps were uploaded to the Windows Phone Store.

Source: Microsoft by the Numbers and TWN



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:35AM PST by gebraset
Adesso Releases SlimTouch 4210 Wireless Keyboard

Adesso, a leading computer input specialist supplier headquartered in Walnut, California, has just launched its SlimTouch 4210 Wireless Compact Touchpad Keyboard. The latest input device from Adesso incorporates a slim and stylish design and is well suited for home, business, and industrial environments. The SlimTouch 4210 utilizes 2.4 GHz radio frequency wireless technology for connectivity and features a built-in touchpad with Glidepoint technology, built-in multimedia and Internet hotkeys, and low-profile scissor-switch keys. The Adesso SlimTouch 4210 is also able to be mounted to any rackmount drawer, as it is built in accordance with EIA-RS-310C specifications.

The SlimTouch 4210 is available immediately for purchase from major retailers and e-retailers, carrying an MSRP of $79.99

Source: Press Release


August 8, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:15PM PST by ClayMeow
Eugen Systems Promises a Return to the

Announced back in March, Focus Home Interactive is finally ready to lift the veil of Eugen Systems' upcoming RTS, Act of Aggression. Best known for Act of War, R.U.S.E., and the Wargame series of RTSs, Eugen "vows to bring about a return to the 90s Golden Era of real time strategy games, delivering all of the core mechanics sorely missed by many RTS fans: base building, resource management, unit production and dynamic, immersive battles will meet high fidelity production values and intelligent modernization."

Act of Aggression will take place during the 2020s "in a darkly realistic future where three major factions fight for their interests." There's the shadowy organization known as "The Cartel" with "high-tech technology, stolen prototypes, and stealthy operatives." There's the UNO-funded, classified military organization called the Chimere, specializing in fast strikes and attempting to maintain global peace and order. And finally there's the US Army stuck in the middle, "worn out by two decades of being kept on a war footing with too few replacements, but still fielding a great deal of battle-hardened veterans." The game will feature two separate single player campaigns and "vast, skill-based multiplayer modes where technological upgrades, resource storage and base defenses will play an integral role in the battle." The game will include infantry, mechanized vehicles, tanks, artillery, helicopters, planes, super weapons, and even "ultimate weapons far beyond technologies of today." In addition, your units earn experience by destroying enemy forces, so if you can keep them alive, you can unlock new skills and abilities, even allowing you to specialize them in a particular role, such as anti-air or anti-tank.

Act of Aggression will be coming to PC, but no release date has been stated. Eugen will be at Gamescom to show off some in-game assets and a technology demo of the studio's new engine, which is presumably IRISZOOM V5. Based on the Havoc Engine, IRISZOOM was first used for R.U.S.E., and updated versions have been used in each subsequent Eugen game. The first five screenshots below are from March and thus don't necessarily represent the visual fidelity of the project to date; the subsequent five are the new screenshots, and you can already see the added polish Eugen was able to accomplish.

Source: Press Release and Official Site



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:04PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Graphene has been labeled a wonder material for its amazing electrical and mechanical properties, which is why many are working to ensure its presence in future technologies. While those researchers are intentionally looking for applications, others can find them by accident. Monash University researchers have recently discovered that graphene oxide sheets can be made to change shape, which is a property that could have medical uses.

While running routine tests, the researchers discovered that the graphene oxide sheets they were working with would spontaneously take on a spherical shape. Normally such a change requires atomizers and mechanical equipment, but all the researchers were using was an external magnetic field on the sheets, which were under special pH conditions.

This is a tremendous discovery as it opens up the possibility of using graphene-based structures for drug delivery systems. By just applying a magnetic field to a patient, the graphene would change shape and deliver medicines wherever needed. The researchers are now investigating how graphene behaves in the presence of toxin, which could make it useful for disease detection.

Source: EurekAlert!



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:37AM PST by CheeseMan42

The Alienware 13 is the latest, and thinnest, gaming laptop from the system builder. The new laptop is just one inch thick and weighs only 4.5 pounds, a significant improvement from the Alienware 14. The system will be powered by an Intel processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GPU. Up to 16GB of DDR3 can be installed alongside two solid state drives, or a single mechanical drive. Monitor resolutions of 1366x768, 1920x1080, and 2560x1440 will be supported on the 13" screen. As far as battery life goes, Alienware is "targeting 7-8 hours while streaming with wi-fi and an SSD drive." The Alienware 13 will be available in November and although a price was not available, a company rep stated, "to give you some idea, our 14-inch sells for $1099."

Source: GameSpot and PCWorld



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:25AM PST by CheeseMan42

Yahoo CISO Alex Stamos announced at the Black Hat USA 2014 security conference that the company is working on end-to-end encryption for its e-mail client, and it should be available by 2015. The project will use the Google PGP Plugin and will enable encrypted e-mails to be exchanged through the two popular services. The talk, Building Safe Systems at Scale - Lessons from Six Months at Yahoo, was very well received by conference attendees and signifies a shift towards increased security and privacy for users in the "post-Snowden era" of computing.

Source: ZDNet



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:53AM PST by ClayMeow
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Arriving October 10 on PC, PS4, and XBO

Publisher Square Enix and developer United Front Games have officially announced Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, a remastered update to 2012's critically acclaimed third-person, open-world action game Sleeping Dogs. United Front Games said it listened to fans, tuning gameplay, adding to the ambience of Hong Kong, increasing audio fidelity, and pushing the visuals further than the studio could on the previous generation of consoles. In addition to the remastering, all "24 pieces of downloadable content have been integrated into the gaming experience including the story-extending episode Year of the Snake and the horror-themed add-on Nightmare In North Point."

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is set arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 10. It's nice to see the PC included since Square Enix never brought Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition to PC. A sequel, Sleeping Dogs: Triad Wars, is currently in development at United Front Games, but no details have emerged other than its name.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:26AM PST by ClayMeow
Crytek's Arena of Fate and the PC Version of Ryse: Son of Rome Will be Playable at Gamescom

Crytek is ready to put its troubles behind it and show the world why there's no need to worry about the company's future. Free-to-play MOBA Arena of Fate and the recently announced PC version of Ryse: Son of Rome will both be playable at Crytek's booth during Gamescom next week. Sadly, there was no mention of HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age.

If you're not familiar with Arena of Fate, it's essentially a MOBA for those that don't have the time to devote to the two most popular MOBAs today, Dota 2 and LoL. While the current map is your typical three-lane map and battles are your typical 5v5, Arena of Fate matches are limited to just twenty minutes. There are three win conditions: the first team to reach ten points, the first team to destroy the other team's core, or the team with the most points at the end of twenty minutes. You earn one point toward your team for every seven hero kills, every tower destroyed, or every Titan NPC destroyed. For someone like me, who stopped playing Dota 2 simply because good matches last about an hour, Arena of Fate's twenty-minute matches sound quite appealing.

Crytek's public Gamescom booth will be located in Hall 7.1, B031, and it sounds like Ryse will be playable at 4K resolution! Crytek will also have a presence in the Gamescom Business Center at Hall 4.1, A033, where it will show off CRYENGINE.

Source: Press Release and Official Site



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:02AM PST by ClayMeow
Voice Actors Troy Baker and Alastair Duncan Discuss Their Roles in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

If you are making a video game and want to be able to promote top notch voice acting, hire Troy Baker. Among his numerous credits are memorable roles in BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins, Metal Gear Solid V, and Infamous: Second Son, including upcoming roles in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Far Cry 4, Batman: Arkham Knight, and of course, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. In Shadow of Mordor, Troy Baker is the voice of protagonist Talion. Acting alongside him as the wraith is another video game voice acting veteran Alastair Duncan (Mass Effect, Uncharted 3). Today, Warner Bros. released a new "Shadow of Mordor Behind the Scenes" video featuring Baker and Duncan. I'm going to warn you now: if you've been avoiding learning the identity of the wraith, do not watch this video...

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing on September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:47AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many across the world are looking forward to quantum computers, which will have the ability to run problems too complex for traditional, electronic computers. Actually building a quantum computer is a very difficult task though, and so many designs have been proposed that rely on different systems. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology, National Institute of Informatics, and NTT Basic Research Labs have recently developed a new design that is based on diamonds and has some very valuable advantages over other designs.

At the center of quantum computers are qubits, which are analogous to electronic bits but instead of being zero or one, qubits can be both zero and one thanks to superposition. Qubits can take many forms though, including ions inside of traps, superconductors, and defects in diamond. More specifically, the diamond defects are nitrogen atoms, and these defects are kept in between two mirrors, forming an optical resonator. An optical fiber is then used to deliver a photon coupled to the system, to read and write quantum information to the nitrogen atom. The researchers have come to the conclusion that this system and the architecture they have designed is best suited for quantum computers because it lends itself well to miniaturization, mass production, and integration onto chips.

One of the algorithms that may one day be run by quantum computers is Shor-2048, which is for finding the prime factorization of 2048 bit numbers. To run it though would require a quantum computer, with error correction, to have 4.5 billion quantum systems in it. The ability to miniaturize qubits would be invaluable for one day running that algorithm, which is exactly where the diamond-based architecture may succeed.

Source: Vienna University of Technology



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The end of the first full week of August is here, and we have some items to keep you occupied until the weekend starts. There is a look at both the AMD A10-7800 and A6-7400K APUs, which are the latest additions to the company's Kaveri line. We also have the MSI Z97 MPower motherboard to see how this overclocking-friendly motherboard can help you obtain new speeds on your Intel Haswell CPU. Next we have a couple of guides, with one looking at various PCs at different budgets, and the other shows how to start a successful phone company. Rounding things out today is a new podcast looking back at the latest news and reviews of the past week.

CPUs
AMD A10-7800 and A6-7400K @ PC Perspective

Motherboards
MSI Z97 MPower @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
TechSpot PC Buying Guide @ TechSpot
Starting a phone company? Here's a blueprint for success @ TechSpot
Podcast #312 @ PC Perspective



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When you were young, did you have an idea of what your adult life would be like? Is that what you actually achieved? For one stellar object, it changed quite a bit between its youth and adult lives, as researchers at the Carnegie Institution have discovered something that looks like a planet, but may have been like a star at first.

WISE J0304-2705 is an object classed as a Y dwarf, which is the coolest stellar temperature class, with a temperature between 100 ºC and 150 ºC. As that puts the object between Earth and Venus, that may not seem very odd, but after analyzing its spectrum, the researchers discovered that its age makes it one of the oldest objects in the galaxy. This would suggest then that when it was younger, in its first 20 million years of life, it likely was around 2800 ºC, which is as warm as red dwarf stars. At 100 million years old, it should have been around 1500 ºC, which is cool enough for silicate clouds to form, and at one billion years old, methane and water vapor would have dominated this 1000 ºC object. Now it is barely warm enough to even boil water.

Source: Carnegie Institution







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