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Kaspersky Flagged by Defense Intelligence Agency in 2004

Category: General News
Posted: November 20, 2017 05:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A somewhat recent topic in the news has been concern over Kaspersky products, culminating in a ban on them by the Department of Homeland Security in September. Now it has been revealed by a memo sent to the Science, Space and Technology Committee of Congress that the Defense Intelligence Agency flagged the products as a potential threat back in 2004. At the time there were suspicions the Russian government could use it as an espionage tool, and so the Department of Defense ceased using its products. Other federal agencies continued to use them, however, and due to the ban they must remove the products by December 12.

Source: Wccftech



Wal-Mart Preordered 15 Tesla Tractor-Trailer

Category: General News
Posted: November 20, 2017 11:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the end of last week, Tesla unveiled its plans to build electric tractor trailers and shortly thereafter other companies started announcing their preorders, including Wal-Mart. The retailer told CNBC it has preordered 15 of the Tesla tractor trailers to determine how well it might be integrated into its supply chain and meet long-term sustainability goals. Of the 15, five will be for Wal-Mart U.S. and the other 10 for Wal-Mart Canada. Wal-Mart's fleet currently consists of about 6000 trucks.

The Tesla tractor trailer is to have a 500-mile range on a single charge and the ability to connect to a fleet management system. It will also allow the driver to stand with the steering wheel in the center of the cab and touchscreens on both sides. It is expected to go into production in 2019.

Source: CNBC



X COMFORT AIR Gaming Chair Announced by Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS

Category: General News
Posted: November 14, 2017 09:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


If you spend hours sitting in front of a computer, having a comfortable chair is almost a necessity. To that end, Tt eSPORTS of Thermaltake Gaming have announced a new gaming chair, the X COMFORT AIR. This chair features high quality materials with anti-fatigue construction and an ergonomic and maximum function design. What will set this chair apart from others though, is its air-cooling design that will push air through the seat to cool it during long work or gaming sessions.

Moving the air are four 60 mm fans, which are controlled by a box mounted on the underside of the seat. The control box lets you turn the fans on and off and has Low, Medium, and High settings for the fan speeds, with Low at 1530 RPM, Medium at 3060 RPM, and High at 5100 RPM, the maximum speed of the fans. It naturally has other features one often finds on gaming chairs, including a backrest, adjustable armrests, and the ability to recline and tilt.

The X COMFORT AIR is available in either all black or a combination of black and red and can be purchased at the TT Premium USA store page.

Source: Press Release and X COMFORT AIR Black/Red Product Page




EA Purchasing Respawn Entertainment

Category: General News
Posted: November 10, 2017 11:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The developers of the Titanfall franchise are being purchased by EA, which published the same franchise. To make this purchase, EA will pay $151 million in cash and up to $164 million in long-term equity to the employees. There is an additional cash consideration that could add up to another $140 million, as a maximum, if certain performance milestones are achieved.

Respawn and EA have multiple projects currently in development, including a new Titanfall title, a game in the Star Wars universe, and a VR gaming experience.

Source: EA



Supreme Court Rejects Samsung's Appeal in Apple Suit

Category: General News
Posted: November 6, 2017 11:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Remember the Apple-Samsung lawsuit? It is in the news again as Samsung's appeal to the Supreme Court has been rejected. After a Federal Court's decision against the Korean company, only the Supreme Court was left to go to, but it is refusing to hear arguments, leaving the Federal Court's ruling in place. This ruling awarded Apple nearly $120 million.

Actually this appeal was only for one part of the original case from years ago and concerns a ruling being reinstated. Previously a three-judge panel had overturned a verdict against Samsung concerning infringement of features such as slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and quick links, but later a jury of 11 judges put it back in place. Samsung's appeal to the Supreme Court claimed this reinstatement was inappropriate, as additional legal papers were not considered and oral arguments were not heard. Samsung even claimed the judges had changed a law related to invalidating patents and awarding injunctions. Apple's stance was there was nothing "novel or important" to consider in Samsung's appeal.

Source: Reuters



AMD-Intel Partnership Will Bring Custom Radeon GPU and HBM2 to Intel CPUs for Mobile

Category: General News
Posted: November 6, 2017 08:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There have been rumors about something like this for months, but they were either unconfirmed or denied, but now, with actual press releases from both companies, we know AMD and Intel have formed a partnership to combine strengths in the mobile sector. Under this partnership, AMD has created a new, semi-custom Radeon GPU that will be combined with HBM2 and an Intel CPU to offer a new mobile package meant to bring more power to ever thinner laptops.

This multi-chip design will leverage Intel's Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) to allow high-speed connections between the different parts, without the height and manufacturing penalties that can come from other approaches. This will be the first use of EMIB, and another technology that covers the chips, with this other being a power sharing framework. This system allows system designers to balance the power ratio between the processor and graphics depending on workload. It will also allow for managing temperatures between the chips, which is going to be very important, especially as the laptops this is targeting get thinner.

A reasonable thought to ponder now is where laptops using this Intel+Radeon design will fall in price and performance, especially as this announcement has come so shortly after AMD announcing its Ryzen Mobile parts. One would not think AMD would want to enable Intel to better compete with its own parts, so it may be very interesting to see where things fall, once the products start coming out. According to the Intel release, we can expect more to come in Q1 2018, including systems from OEMs.

Source: AMD and Intel




AMD Introduces Ryzen + Vega APUs for Ultrathins

Category: General News
Posted: October 26, 2017 07:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is something some of us may have been looking forward to for some months now, and that is AMD finally showing off new APUs based on Ryzen and Vega. The code name for these products had been Raven Ridge, but now they are officially AMD Ryzen mobile processors. Only two APUs have been announced today, both with 4 cores/8 threads and a nominal 15 W TDP. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U has a max clock of 3.8 GHz on the CPU, 1300 MHz on the GPU, and 10 Vega compute units while the Ryzen 5 2500U has a max clock of 3.6 GHz on the CPU, 1100 MHz on the GPU, and only 8 compute units. These APUs will also feature Precision Boost 2, for accelerating performance depending on workload, and mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR) to raise performance when the cooling allows it.

Compared to the previous generation of AMD APUs, these give up to three times, the CPU performance, 2.3 times the GPU performance, while using as much as 58% less power. AMD also compared the Ryzen 7 2700U against the competition, with some of the results shown in the video below (along with the system configurations at the end), and claim up to 44% better multi-threaded CPU performance and up to 161% more graphics power.

AMD has also announced that systems using Ryzen mobile processors will be available in the coming weeks from Acer, HP, and Lenovo with more news coming from Dell and other OEMs in early 2018.

 

 

Source: AMD



Newegg Sued Over Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Category: General News
Posted: October 24, 2017 09:48AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Newegg Inc., the company behind the online computer parts and accessories store of the same name, has been accused along with ASI Corp., a computer wholesaler, of having been part a Ponzi scheme put together by Moneual, a Korean hardware manufacturer. Four South Korean banks have filed a lawsuit against the Newegg and ASI, claiming they were a part of the scheme to defraud them of hundreds of millions of dollars.

The alleged design of the Ponzi scheme was that Newegg and ASI produced fraudulent purchase order for Moneual hardware, which Moneual could then use to secure over $3 billion in loans from ten Korean banks. Moneual eventually defaulted on these loans, still owing about half a billion dollars, and its chief executive was has been sentenced to 15 years for financial fraud two years ago. According to the banks, Newegg and ASI were in on this scheme because the purchase orders were for computers at 300 times their market value.

Source: Los Angeles Times



Humble Bundle Joins with IGN

Category: General News
Posted: October 14, 2017 05:34AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is news I doubt many people were expecting, but yesterday Humble Bundle co-founder and CRO Jeffery Rosen shared that his company would be joining the IGN family. The CEO's post goes on to explain that the decision was made because Humble Bundle believes IGN understands the vision and passion of the company, and that IGN will help continue the mission of promoting digital content while also helping charity. Also the CEO states Humble Bundle will be keeping its own office, culture, and team, with IGN helping with future plans.

Source: Humble Bundle



PCI-SIG Expects to Ratify PCIe 4.0 This Year, PCIe 5.0 in 2019

Category: General News
Posted: August 29, 2017 12:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It is without question that PCIe is one of the most important technologies in modern computers as so much is run through this interface, from graphics to storage, networking, and more. As important as it is though, the current PCIe 3.0 standard has been out since 2010, much longer than the 4-year update cycle PCI-SIG, the organization that defines the standard, had previously tried to keep. To remedy the delay, PCI-SIG has apparently decided to accelerate the development and deployment of both PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0, according to Tom's Hardware.

The plan is apparently to have the PCIe 4.0 standard defined by the end of the year. It is currently at revision 0.9, which some vendors are using to start developing products ready for the 1.0 release. Already vendors are offering 16 GT/s (gigatransfers per second) controllers, which is double what PCIe 3.0 offers, and putting PCIe 4.0 PHYs into their products.

It would appear PCIe 4.0 will be somewhat short lived though, as the target is for PCIe 5.0 to be ratified in 2019, and it will double what PCIe 4.0 offers. According to Tom's Hardware though, AMD is targeting PCIe 4.0 support for 2020, but with the plan now being for PCIe 5.0 to be ratified before then, perhaps this plan will change. Intel is being more tightlipped about its timeline, but it is hard to imagine it is not also deeply interested in moving to the next standard.

Source: Tom's Hardware



Corsair Launches T1 RACE Gaming Chair

Category: General News
Posted: May 16, 2017 08:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Expanding past PC components and typical peripherals, Corsair has launched the T1 RACE gaming chair. The design is inspired by racing to give people the desired comfort and lasting build quality, with a solid steel skeleton and dense foam cushions. It also has 4D-movement armrests that can raise, lower, shift, and swivel to one's desire. The T1 RACE is upholstered in PU leather with five colors available for the trim: yellow, white, red, blue, and black. The stitching is also color-matched, as are some accents on the base. The chairs use Nylon caster wheels, a steel construction Class 4 gas lift, and feature neck and lumbar pillows. It also has the ability to tilt the seat up to 10º and recline the seat back between 90º and 180º.

T1 RACE gaming chairs are available immediately and come backed with a two-year warranty. The Corsair shop has them listed at $349.99 USD for me currently.

Source: Corsair



Taiwan Semiconductor Engineer Accused of Selling Trade Secrets

Category: General News
Posted: May 5, 2017 12:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A former Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) engineer referred to as Hsu has been "accused of stealing proprietary information and other materials related to the foundry's 28nm process technology and passing them to China-based Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC)." The technology in question is believed to be designs for NVIDIA and AMD chips, as the 28nm process is used for GPUs of the two companies. Hsu was on his way to a new job with HLMC but was arrested before he could make it to China.

Source: Digi Times and PCGamesN



GDDR6 Wielding GPU Coming by Early 2018

Category: General News
Posted: April 25, 2017 08:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

SK Hynix recently introduced the world's fastest 2Znm 8Gb GDDR6 DRAM, which has an I/O data rate of 16 Gbps per pin. The GDDR6 standard is to be twice as fast as GDDR5 while operating at 10% less voltage, making it a very desirable product. What else makes this GDDR6 announcement interesting though is that the company also states it will be used in a "forthcoming high-end graphics card" and that it is working with a client to produce enough for a release by early 2018. While this client is not identified, it is still a clear indication that GDDR6 GPUs are coming possibly in less than a calendar year.

The press release provides some other information, including that the graphics card will have 384-bit I/Os, with the DRAM processing up to 768 GBps. SK Hynix is also working with the client to ensure timely mass production of GDDR6 for upcoming market demands.

Source: SK Hynix



Win a Custom Mass Effect: Andromeda PC from NVIDIA

Category: General News
Posted: April 18, 2017 02:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has announced the Shot With GeForce GTX contest, giving users the chance to win a custom Mass Effect: Andromeda PC. Entries can be made by taking a screenshot using NVIDIA Ansel and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter and tagging @NVIDIAGeForce with hashtags #SHOTWITHGEFORCEGTX and #MASSEFFECT. The grand prize features an Intel i7-7700, ASUS Strix Z270G, and GeForce GTX 1080. Full contest rules can be found here.

Source: NVIDIA



Apple Looking Into Investment in Toshiba

Category: General News
Posted: April 17, 2017 02:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to public broadcaster NHK, Apple is considering teaming up with partner Foxconn for an investment in the semiconductor unit of Toshiba. The multi-billion dollar deal would grant the partnership more than 20% of the Toshiba unit. Toshiba isn't looking to sell outright in order to ease "the Japanese government's concerns over any transfer of sensitive technology to investors it deems a risk to national security." Apple and Foxconn join three other entities submitting bids for the Toshiba unit which includes Broadcom, SK Hynix, and Western Digital.

Source: CNBC



AMD Acquires 60 GHz Wireless IP and Talent from Nitero

Category: General News
Posted: April 10, 2017 09:32AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Possibly not the kind of news most people would expect, but today it was announced that AMD has acquired intellectual property of engineering talent from Nitero. Nitero is an Austin based company that has been creating millimeter wave solutions for use in wireless VR and AR headsets. Most of us are certainly familiar with the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum used in wireless technologies today. Millimeter waves, with their much shorter wavelengths, reach 60 GHz allowing for low-latency multi-gigabit transmission. Combined with beamforming and the line-of-sight requirement for previous mm-wave systems is solved. The ultimate hope is to use this technology to remove the cables from modern headsets, opening up room-scale VR and making but VR and AR more comfortable to use. Co-founder of Nitero, Pat Kelly, is also joining AMD as corporate vice president, Wireless IP.

Source: AMD



Mad Catz Voluntarily Enters Bankruptcy

Category: General News
Posted: April 4, 2017 10:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On March 30, 2017, Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. voluntarily entered bankruptcy, with all of the directors and officers of the company resigning and the subsidiary Mad Catz, Inc. ceasing operations. This follows efforts by a special committee within the company to find strategic alternatives, such as selling part or all of the company. It appears none of these strategies would have satisfactorily solved the company's cash liquidity problems. Just a week before this announcement the process to delist the company from the New York Stock Exchange started after NYSE staff notified the company that stocks were at an "abnormally low trading price." Also, last year the Saitek brand of simulation game controllers was sold off to Logitech for $13 million, but apparently that infusion of cash was not enough.

Source: GlobalNewswire



JEDEC Working on DDR5 and NVDIMM-P Standards

Category: General News
Posted: March 31, 2017 12:58PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It may not seem like DDR4 RAM has been around for long, especially as AMD only just started supporting it with the launch of the Ryzen processors and AM4 platform, but already JEDEC has announced it is developing the DDR5 standard. The plan is for DDR5 to double the bandwidth and density of DDR4 while also improving efficiency, which are characteristics everyone wants but you do not need to worry about your new systems being outdated already. This announcement from JEDEC is just that this standard is being worked on, and publication of it is not expected until next year. It will take time after that before manufacturers will start supporting it.

Along with DDR5, JEDEC is also working on the NVDIMM-P design standard, a hybrid DIMM technology that is meant to offer a high capacity persistent memory module. Conventional RAM, like DDR4 and DDR5, is volatile memory so when power is lost so is the data, but NVDIMM uses non-volatile memory to protect against this loss. Chances are this technology is just intended for servers and not regular consumers.

Source: JEDEC



Rumor Suggest 16 Core/32 Thread and 12 Core/24 Thread 'ThreadRipper' CPUs Coming from AMD

Category: General News
Posted: March 29, 2017 10:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At this point this bit of news is definitely a rumor, but it is an interesting rumor. Supposedly AMD will be releasing high end desktop (HEDT) CPUs later this year under the ThreadRipper name and they will feature four Zen CCXs, meaning they will have up to 16 cores and 32 threads. There could also be a 12 core/24 thread version where one core is disabled in each CCX, similar to how the Ryzen 5 CPUs have two CCXs, like the Ryzen 7 CPUs, but with cores symmetrically disabled.

The rumor goes on to say that these ThreadRipper CPUs will have 64 PCIe lanes, a new X399 platform that will use a SP3 LGA socket, the chips will be B2 revisions, and there will be 32 MB of L3 cache. Additionally the 16c/32t CPU will only have a 180 W TDP, the 12c/24t will have 140 W TDP, the engineering samples have a 3.3 GHz or 3.4 GHz with a 3.7 GHz boost, but the retail target is a 3.6 GHz base and 4 GHz boost. Naturally all of this needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but at least the rumor also states these CPUs will be announced at Computex, which runs from May 30 to June 3, and launched a few weeks later.

Source: TweakTown and Reddit



Google Finds New Bug in Last Pass

Category: General News
Posted: March 28, 2017 02:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Researcher Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero has found his third Last Pass vulnerability this month, and described it as "a major architectural problem." A proof-of-concept exploit was created and sent to Last Pass by Ormandy, who was thanked by the company in a blog post. The exploit "makes it possible for malicious websites to steal user passcodes and in some cases execute malicious code on computers running the program," but Last Pass has declined to "disclose anything specific about the vulnerability or our fix that could reveal anything to less sophisticated but nefarious parties." While password managers are able to help increase security for users by generating different, complex passwords for all of the sites a user visits, they seem to be an increasing target for malicious users.

Source: Ars Technica



Vulkan Support Added to 3DMark API Overhead Test

Category: General News
Posted: March 23, 2017 06:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the development of low-level graphics APIs, we have been promised improved performance by way of computer components being more efficiently used. One example of this is the ability to make many times more draw calls thanks to reduced overhead on a CPU. Some time ago Futuremark added to 3DMark an API Overhead feature test to illustrate the difference between DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 specifically by increasing the number of draw calls until the framerate dropped below 30 FPS. Now the company has added the Vulkan API to this test, replacing the Mantle API. Vulkan is like DirectX 12 in that it is a low-level API, but it supports multiple operating systems, while DX12 is limited to Windows 10.

The API Overhead test is only available in the Advanced and Professional Editions of 3DMark, and not the Basic Edition or Steam Demo, so if you want to try it out, you will need one of the paid-for editions. Keep in mind though that this is not a test meant to compare performance between different computers or components. The overhead test is meant only to compare the performance of the different APIs on a single system.

 

 

Source: Futuremark



Corsair Tenkeyless K63 Mechanical Keyboard Announced

Category: General News
Posted: March 17, 2017 10:54AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


If you are looking for a new mechanical keyboard, Corsair may have just announced what you want. The K63 is a mechanical keyboard using CHERRY MX Red switches with per-key red LED illumination. Using the CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) you can control each key's lighting and assign new commands or macros to them if you wish. It is a tenkeyless keyboard though, so it does not have the number pad, but that also makes for a more compact design, freeing up room for your mouse or in a bag if you need to travel with it.

The K63 comes with a two-year warranty and is available immediately. Corsair's webpage for the keyboard has it listed at $79.99.

Source: Corsair




ARM Powered Servers Coming to Microsoft Azure Cloud

Category: General News
Posted: March 8, 2017 03:48PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has been working with Qualcomm and Cavium to create a version of Windows that will run on ARM processors for use in the servers that power its' Azure Cloud service. VP of the Azure Cloud division Jason Zander said the company is "testing these chips for tasks like search, storage, machine learning and big data," but added that "It's not deployed into production yet, but that is the next logical step." The designs for the servers, known as Project Olympus, will be revealed at the Open Compute Project Summit and the Open Source nature of the design will allow other companies to utilize it in their own servers. While this is good news for Microsoft and for new technology, Intel could find itself in some trouble as the server market is currently its' most profitable segment.

Source: Bloomberg



Amazon Explains S3 Internet Outage

Category: General News
Posted: March 3, 2017 01:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some of you may have noticed part of the Internet was not working earlier this week. This is because Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) for the US-EAST-1 region partially went down and recently the company explained what happened. An S3 team in Northern Virginia was debugging an issue involving the S3 billing system and while following an established playbook during this work, one of the team members accidentally input an incorrect command. You see, S3 is designed to endure a loss of capacity due to removal or failure, and for the work being done, the team was going to take a small number of servers offline. However, the wrong input was used for one of these commands, causing far more servers to shut down than intended.

As it turns out, these servers that were inadvertently taken offline supported two S3 subsystems, the index subsystems and the placement subsystem. The index subsystems is necessary for all GET, LIST, PUT, and DELETE requests, while the placement subsystem is needed for allocating storage during a PUT request. Because of how many servers were removed, both of these subsystems needed to be restarted, and during that time S3 could not take requests. The restarting process also took a long time because of all the safety checks that needed to be done to validate the metadata and how much S3 has grown in recent years. Once the index subsystem was up the GET, LIST, and DELETE APIs were functional and then the placement subsystem could start recovering. Once this was done, S3 was operating normally, but some services needed to catchup on a backlog of work from the disruption.

To prevent this from happening again, the tool that shut down the servers has been changed to remove capacity more slowly and has safeguards to prevent capacity from dropping below a minimal level. Other tools are also being audited to add similar checks. Finally, a plan to partition S3 subsystems into smaller cells later this year has been moved up to happen immediately, as smaller partitions will limit the radius of future failures and improve recovery.

Source: Amazon



YouTube TV is Coming

Category: General News
Posted: March 1, 2017 09:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I do not recall when I saw the first rumor, but it is not official that YouTube TV is coming to the United States. It is another cord-cutting TV streaming service that allows you to watch various television channels, while costing significantly less than many cable plans. For just $35 a month you get access to over 40 networks, some local stations, and YouTube Red Originals, and just one YouTube TV memberships comes with six accounts, with each having its own recommendations and DVR. The cloud DVR has unlimited storage and will keep shows for nine months, so you have plenty of time to catch up on what you missed or just watch something again. YouTube TV, when it launches, can be watched on mobile, tablet, or computer screens, and naturally Chromecast will support it as well.

Follow the source link to find a list of all of the networks YouTube TV has access to, and you can sign up to be notified when it becomes available in your market. Availability will start soon in the largest US markets and expand from there.

Source: YouTube Official Blog



AMD and Bethesda Form Strategic Partnership

Category: General News
Posted: March 1, 2017 08:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The Game Developers Conference is a time we see many announcements come out from various companies, and yesterday AMD had its turn at its Capsaicin event. Among the reveals at the event was that AMD and Bethesda Softworks have formed a long-term strategic partnership with the purpose of advancing the games industry. With game developers and graphics companies working together, "the pace of progress can advance exponentially."

Together the companies will work to develop and implement new technologies, including low-level APIs like Vulkan, and to fully utilize the power of Ryzen CPUs, Radeon GPUs, and AMD server solutions across Bethesda franchises. The potential for such collaboration between the two companies has already been demonstrated with the DOOM, where the use of Vulkan enabled unprecedented performance and made it the first AAA title to fully utilize the API.

Source: AMD



Twitch to Add Ability to Purchase Games

Category: General News
Posted: February 27, 2017 10:48AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I will admit that I have been motivated to purchase at least one game after watching some let's plays in it (Saints Row The Third to be specific) and I doubt I am the only one that can say this. Twitch though is looking to capitalize on phenomenon in Spring when it launches the ability to purchase the game being streamed directly from the channel page. To help sweeten the deal, purchases over $4.99 will come with a Twitch Crate, containing random digital loot, ranging from game-specific emotes to some Bits. If you make the purchase from a partnered streamer's channel, and they are opted into the program, they will receive 5% of the revenue.

When this feature rolls it, purchases will be available world-wide and made through an Amazon account, but the pricing will be in US dollars. More currencies will be supported in the coming months. Games purchased this way can be downloaded and played through the Twitch launcher, or through existing services. Here is a list of the game-creator launch partners for this feature:

  • Ubisoft
  • Telltale Games
  • Digital Extremes
  • Hi Rez Studios
  • Double Fine Games
  • Fred Wood
  • 11Bit
  • Jackbox Games
  • tinyBuild
  • Raw Fury
  • Devolver Digital
  • Gambitious
  • Trion Worlds
  • Blue Mammoth Games
  • iNK Stories
  • Versus Evil
  • Proletariat
  • Paradox Interactive
  • Vlambeer
  • Campo Santo

Source: Twitch



Zenimax Requests Injunction Against Oculus

Category: General News
Posted: February 24, 2017 12:21PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Like almost anytime there is a lawsuit between two large companies, things are not over yet. The suit between ZeniMax and Oculus over whether ZeniMax proprietary code was illegally used in creating the Oculus Rift VR headset ended not too long ago. ZeniMax won a $500 million judgement and the jury said that while trade secrets were not stolen, Oculus uses copyrighted code without permission and an NDA was violated. While $500 million is a fraction of the billions ZeniMax had sought in damage, it opened the door for requesting an injunction against the code being used, and now the company has done just that. As this code has already been made available to developers to use by Oculus, such an injunction could have a significant impact on the whole of VR.

There is some speculation that ZeniMax might actually be trying to use the pressure of such an injunction, if it is granted, to force Oculus, and its owner Facebook, to reach a settlement. Only time will tell what will come of this, but for now we know the story and legal battle will continue.

Source: Reuters



Valve Brings Linux Support to SteamVR

Category: General News
Posted: February 22, 2017 04:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Linux support has finally been added to SteamVR nearly a year after the initial release of the software through a development build. To start getting their hands dirty, developers will need the "latest Steam Beta Client and a Vulkan-friendly beta driver from Nvidia or AMD." As this is a development build of the software, it may not be as stable and full featured as the Windows version, but it will still be interesting to see what users can come up with. Valve also announced that it will no longer charge $3,000 for a training course for SteamVR hardware development, opting to give away the courses for free.

Source: PC World



Verizon Looks to Lower Offer for Yahoo

Category: General News
Posted: February 15, 2017 03:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga

It was reported late last year that Verizon might be having some second thoughts about its acquisition of Yahoo after the latest hacking scandal compromised up to one billion Yahoo accounts. Verizon isn't looking to abandon the deal altogether, but is reported to be close to a new deal that would knock $250 million off the initial offer of $4.8 billion. As part of the new agreement, the two companies will share responsibility for any damages related to the hack rather than having Yahoo absorb the majority of the impact.

Source: Bloomberg



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