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News Archives for January 2014

LG Fitness Tracker Image Leaked

Posted: January 1, 2014 @ time: 10:08AM
Author: CheeseMan42

More upcoming product rumors are swirling from LG in advance of CES, with a new fitness tracker wristband joining a webOS powered smart TV. It is unclear if the device will be shown at CES or if the image is just being floated to gauge interest in the device. If it is the latter, then the start of the year is a perfect time, as many people around the world vow that this is the year they will finally get healthy and make a New Year's Resolution to do so. The image reveals a device that is similar to current offerings in that market segment with the ability to track fitness levels, heart rate, receive messages, and also has a built-in GPS.

Source: Daily Gadgetry


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Snapchat Service Compromised

Posted: January 1, 2014 @ time: 10:16AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The short term photo chatting service Snapchat is the latest victim of security exploits, with the result being a list of usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million users being published. The list was published by SnapchatDB with the intent to "raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed." The last two digits of phone numbers were censored in the report to "minimize spam and abuse," but SnapchatDB may release the unedited numbers in the future to help increase the pressure on Snapchat to fix this exploit. Users of the service can go to this website to check if their username is one that has been compromised.

Source: Tech Crunch


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Batman Arkham New Year's Eve Announcement: Arkham Origins Story DLC to Revolve Around Mr. Freeze

Posted: January 1, 2014 @ time: 11:13AM
Author: ClayMeow

No more teasing – the Batman Arkham special announcement has finally been revealed in a not so subtle image. Details are still forthcoming, but we now know what some people suspected – the upcoming Story DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins (part of the Season Pass) will focus on Dr. Victor Fries, otherwise known as Mr. Freeze.

Despite there only being a teaser image thus far, signs point to it following the storyline set forth in a Batman: The Animated Series episode entitled "Heart of Ice". In the episode, Mr. Freeze crashes the humanitarian awards gala shown in the previous two images. This makes sense in the scope of the Origins game because prior to the gala, Batman encounters Mr. Freeze for the first time – and as you probably know, this is a game about the forging of relationships.

Little else is known at the time, but it'll certainly be interesting to see how WB handles a Mr. Freeze boss fight this time around. While the boss fights in Origins were consistently better overall than either of the previous two games, the Mr. Freeze boss battle in Arkham City is still the best one to date – and maybe even the best boss battle of any game ever. No date has been set, except for the extremely vague and noncommittal 2014.

Source: Facebook


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Plex Launches Newly Designed Website

Posted: January 1, 2014 @ time: 06:04PM
Author: gebraset

As more users continue to utilize Plex to streamline their multimedia collection, the popularity for the streaming software continues to grow. The Plex website has just re-launched and received an overhaul, focusing on features such as myPlex server, Plex Pass subscription, and bringing Plex and web content together. Additionally, a Chromecast sharing button is now available. Users of Plex will find that the web application has been redesigned to not only look better in terms of its user interface but also be faster when accessing media. The new web application also allows users to sign into the service once to get full access to Plex, unlike before where three logins were required to access the same amount of features.

Source: Engadget


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Apple Denies NSA Cooperation

Posted: January 1, 2014 @ time: 06:18PM
Author: gebraset

Recently, reports surfaced of the NSA intercepting and modifying computer parts and accessories. Within this report, filed by German magazine Der Spiegel, was a catalog of NSA information that also referenced to a secret program called DROPOUTJEEP. This program allowed the NSA to infiltrate Apple iPhone devices to receive contacts, geolocation data, SMS messages, voicemails, and more. Apple has responded to claims about the program and has stated that it was unaware of the DROPOUTJEEP program and that it has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor within any of its products. The leaked documents stated that the program was able to work 100 percent of the time when used, provided that DROPOUTJEEP was installed on the iPhone. It is unknown to whether recent iOS versions are affected, since the NSA's Access Network Technology unit, or ANT, drafted the catalog in 2008.

Source: NBC News


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Motorola Moto X Receives Price Cut

Posted: January 1, 2014 @ time: 06:19PM
Author: gebraset

Before, during, and after the holidays the Motorola Moto X sold off-contract for $579 at numerous retailers. At smaller cell phone carriers, such as Republic Wireless, the phone has been selling for $299. Larger carriers have been offering the Motorola Moto X for $99.99, but the smartphone is of course on-contract. Motorola has announced that it is bringing in the New Year with a price drop on its Moto X device, taking the price down to $399 off-contract. Motorola announced through their blog that customers were wanting a premium smartphone without having to wait for their contract upgrade. Now, customers are able to purchase the Motorola Moto X off-contract at a $180 discount compared to just a few days ago.

Source: CNET


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Bump and Flock to Shut Down

Posted: January 1, 2014 @ time: 06:32PM
Author: gebraset

Google, who acquired Bump within September of last year, will be receiving more help in one month from the Bump team when the service and Flock shutdown. David Lieb, CEO and cofounder of Bump, announced on the Bump Blog that the team is now focused on new projects within Google. Come January 31, 2014, Bump and Flock will no longer be available within the App Store and Play Store. User data associated with the applications will also be unavailable after the shutdown date, though data can be saved locally by following instructions on exporting data. Once the applications shutdown, neither Bump nor Flock will be able to be used on Android or iOS devices.

Source: Bump Blog


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 06:58AM
Author: bp9801

Happy New Year to everyone! We have some reviews for you to check out to help welcome in 2014, including a couple of video cards. There's the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X 4GB video card with its custom cooler and factory overclocks to help keep you gaming long into the night. On the other end of the spectrum is the HIS R7 240 iCooler Boost Clock video card, which could be perfect for those needing a little bit extra in their HTPC or older gaming rig. We also have the Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler, a more affordable option than other offerings by the company. Wrapping things up is a list of ten mobile tech predictions for the new year.

Video Cards
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X 4GB @ PC Perspective
HIS R7 240 iCooler Boost Clock 2GB GDDR3 @ Madshrimps

CPU Cooling
Noctua NH-U12S @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
10 Mobile Tech Predicitions for 2014 @ TechSpot


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Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration Mission Completes Successfully

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 08:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There is a pretty good chance we have all experienced poor wireless connections due to our distance from the source, whether it be a cell tower or a router. NASA experiences this too, but for them the distance between the transmitter and receiver can be thousands or millions of miles. To improve transmission speeds, NASA decided to try using laser communication, which would have the potential to transmit data significantly faster than the older radio technology they had been using.

The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) was launched aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) that, as you can guess, travelled to the Moon. For thirty days the researchers and engineers were testing LLCD to see just how viable it may be for other missions in the future. They discovered that it was able to transmit error-free information in less-than-ideal conditions, such as when the Moon was near the Sun, near the horizon, and had thin clouds passing between it and the receiving station. The researchers measured the download speed of LLCD at 622 Mbps and upload speed at 20 Mbps, over a distance of almost a quarter-of-a-million miles, making this a great success.

With such impressive numbers, it will not be surprising if laser communication becomes a new standard for space missions. Before that happens though, the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) mission will test connecting two Earth-based stations with a laser bounced, off of a satellite transmitting data at a rate of one billion bits per second.

Source: NASA


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HighPoint Bringing Thunderbolt to CES

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 02:29PM
Author: CheeseMan42

HighPoint plans to bring a wide variety of Thunderbolt storage solutions to the CES trade show in Las Vegas next week, showcasing both new and future products. The RocketStor 5212 is a dual-bay 10Gb/s storage dock for Mac and PC platforms and is compatible with 2.5" and 3.5" drives. Rackmount solutions will allow users to connect up to 96TB of storage on a single Thunderbolt connection using HighPoint RAID and storage management suites. The NA211TB/NA211TB-LD can add PCIe storage capability to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 host platforms, and can support up to 128 drives via SAS expansion.

Source: Press Release


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Marvel Games Pulled from Digital Stores After Licensing Deal Expires

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 02:44PM
Author: CheeseMan42

I noticed that a number of games based around Marvel characters, such as Deadpool, were no longer available on Steam during the recent sale and the reason behind this move has been revealed. Games from Capcom and Activision have been removed from digital stores like Steam and Xbox Live after the expiration of the licensing contract behind the games. Other games hit by this move include those based around the X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Marvel vs. Capcom series of fighting games.

Source: IGN


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Samsung Announces LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 02:45PM
Author: Prunes

2014 will be the year that DDR4 will slowly start to make its entrance. First to servers and then sometime in 2015 or 2016, it will start to make its way into consumer PCs. And of course mobile devices will not be left out as it is one of the biggests markets for DRAM. Samsung knows this and has therefore developed the industry's first eight gigabit, low power DDR4 (LPDDR4) DRAM. Executive vice president Young-Hyun Jun puts it like this, "This next-generation LPDDR4 DRAM will contribute significantly to faster growth of the global mobile DRAM market, which will soon comprise the largest share of the entire DRAM market."

The 8 Gb LPDDR4 is fabricated on 20 nm process technology. It currently allows up to 1 GB on a single die, which is the highest density available for DRAM today. Furthermore, the new LPDDR4 DRAM will use Low Voltage Swing Terminated Logic (LVSTL) I/O interface to allow for a data tranfer rate twice that of current LPDDR3 DRAM. All in all, the new LPDDR4 interface will provide 50 percent better performance than current LPDDR3 or DDR3 memory. Bear in mind that this is done while consuming roughly 40 percent less power at only 1.1 V.

Source: Samsung


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Google to Enable 4K YouTube Streaming This Year

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 05:42PM
Author: gebraset

During CES that is to begin in less than a week, Google will display its new VP9 video codec, which enables high-resolution video such as 4K to be streamed using relatively little bandwidth. YouTube will be a major implementation for the VP9 video codec, and the video streaming service will see the integration of VP9 during this year. Multiple demonstration partners will be present at CES to help show off the new Google video codec and include LG, Panasonic, and Sony. A variety of hardware and software partners are already willing to commit to the VP9 video codec as well and include ARM, Broadcom, Marvell, Mozilla, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, SAMSUNG, and Toshiba.

Although H.265 which is being supported by entities such as Netflix, Francisco Varela, YouTube's platform partnership director, noted that it has not dismissed the technology. Both video codecs will allow for higher quality streaming while making use of much of the same bandwidth. Google noted that its VP9 video codec is royalty-free and will provide much benefit to schools, business startups, and programmers. Google is of course betting on its own video codec, and with the large amount of hardware and software supporters already present, may see VP9 used in other areas besides YouTube within the near future.

Source: CNET


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Amazon Sales Tax Continues to Reach Additional Customers

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 05:54PM
Author: gebraset

Citizens within Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee will now be plagued with sales tax on purchases made from Amazon. It is estimated that the new agreement will bring in over $50 million a year to the three states combined. The online retail giant made an agreement with Indiana and Nevada after issues rose concerning sales tax from state officials. Within Tennessee, Amazon will be building two new warehouses within the state due to the agreement being made. The total number of states paying sales tax on Amazon purchases is now up to 19 following the announcement. No other states are expected to be added to the list until 2016, when South Carolina residents will be charged sales tax on Amazon purchases.

Source: DailyTech


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ZTE to Introduce Multiple Smartphone at CES

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 06:09PM
Author: gebraset

Chinese telecommunications equipment and systems company, ZTE Corporation, plans to introduce five new smartphones at CES which starts on January 7, 2014. ZTE will display their Grand S II, Iconic Phablet, Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini, and Sonata 4G. The Grand S II will feature new technology that will allow users to take pictures and unlock their phone by using their voice. The Iconic Phablet is a 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass device that features Dolby Digital Sound, a dual-core processor, and wireless charging. Both the Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini will incorporate quad-core Snapdragon processors, though the screen sizes differ with the former having a 5-inch 1080p display and the latter featuring a 4.7-inch display. The Sonata 4G, which will be featured on Aio Wireless, will boast a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4-inch display, a 5 megapixel camera, and a 1,780mAh battery.

Souce: CNET


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Razer Announces New Adaro Audio Series Headphones

Posted: January 2, 2014 @ time: 06:34PM
Author: gebraset

A new lineup of personal entertainment headphones has been announced by Razer. Dubbed the Razer Adaro family, four new models are being introduced and include bass-heavy earphones, analog stereo headphones, Bluetooth headphones, and DJ-style headphones. The base-heavy in-ear analog earphones feature high-performance 10 mm dynamic drivers, an anti-tangle cord, and a carrying case. The analog stereo headphones are fully adjustable and incorporate custom-tuned 40 mm dynamic drivers, an anti-tangle braided fiber cable, and leatherette ear cushions. The Bluetooth headphones allow for up to 20 hours of playback, have a lightweight form factor, and boast playback and volume controls. Lastly, the DJ-style headphones feature high-performance 50 mm dynamic drivers, a fully adjustable and foldable architecture, and included .25-inch audio adapter.

All four new models focus on comfort, durability, and sound quality. The Razer Adaro family of headphones are available for pre-order now and ship worldwide in February. Customers can order the bass-heavy in-ear analog earphones for $79.99, the analog stereo headphones for $99.99, the Bluetooth headphones for $149.99, and the DJ-style headphones for $199.99.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: January 3, 2014 @ time: 07:00AM
Author: bp9801

We have just a couple of things for you to check out before the weekend hits, including a rather unique case from SilverStone. The Raven series has always been doing its own thing, and today we have a look at the SilverStone Raven Z Mini-ITX case. It can support pretty much any graphics card available, large heat sinks, and wouldn't look bad in a home theater system. Oh, and it just so happens to be a similar design to Valve's Steam Machines. Our other item is a podcast looking back at all the latest news and reviews from the past week, as well as retrospectives from the last year.

Cases
SilverStone Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX - The Steam Machine Chassis @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Podcast #282 @ PC Perspective


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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Receives Processor Upgrade

Posted: January 3, 2014 @ time: 08:46AM
Author: gebraset

Although the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet has been available now for two months since its release date, Microsoft has announced that the product has received a new processor. When the Surface Pro 2 was initially released, the tablet featured a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor. The processor has now been upgraded to a slightly quicker chip clocking in at 300MHz faster, a 1.9GHz Core i5 4300U. The Surface Pro 2 makes use of the U variant of the latest Intel Core processors over the Y variant, since the former offers better overall performance. Microsoft stated that it routinely changes internal components within its products during their lifetime and takes value, availability, and supply chain partnership into account beforehand.

Source: ZDNet


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Finding the Source of Superconductivity in Cuprates

Posted: January 3, 2014 @ time: 08:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Superconductors have the potential to change the world of electronics, as they can transmit currents without resistance. The problem is that superconductivity is not perfectly understood yet and limited to cold temperatures. Researchers at the University of British Columbia though have made a discovery that could significantly improve our understanding of one class of superconductors.

Superconductivity was first observed in certain materials at temperatures barely above absolute zero. Later it was found at higher temperatures in more complex materials, including some copper-oxides or cuprates. Though some cuprates may achieve superconductivity at the right temperatures, exactly why they do is not well understand, in part because of how complicated their electronic orders are. The researchers' discovery however indicates that all cuprates have a universal charge-ordering and that it is related to the emergence of superconductivity.

This work could lead to a better understanding of superconductivity, if only because it shows that two means of studying of cuprates can be used interchangeably; resonant X-ray scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy. Perhaps eventually this research could lead to more advanced superconductors that can operate at room temperature, but that would be in the future.

Source: University of British Columbia


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TRENDnet Introduces New Wireless Router

Posted: January 3, 2014 @ time: 09:40AM
Author: gebraset

As the IEEE 802.11ac standard gains popularity due to its sheer speed and network capability, more manufacturers are building wireless routers that take advantage of the 5GHz standard. TRENDnet is no exception, as it is announcing its AC1900 wireless router. The TRENDnet AC1900 will provide one AC network operating at 1.3Gbps along with an N network that will perform at 600Mbps. By broadcasting two separate networks simultaneously, the TRENDnet AC1900 allows newer wireless devices that support the AC standard to connect, along with older devices that make use of IEEE 802.11n to connect. The TRENDnet TEW-818DRU will also feature a 1GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers, all Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port. Available from retailers starting in February, 2014, the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Wireless Router will sell for $259.99 and include a 3 year limited warranty.

Source: techPowerUp


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Facebook Allegedly Data Mines Private Messages

Posted: January 3, 2014 @ time: 01:17PM
Author: gebraset

In a new suit filed by Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley in a U.S. district court in Northern California, Facebook is being accused of data mining links and other information contained within private messages. This information can be sold to advertisers, and is taken from the private messages without adequate disclosure or consent of users. Campbell and Hurley both claim that as many as 166 million Facebook users could be eligible to join the suit if it was made class action and that the data mining violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Both plaintiffs continue to note that the data mining done by Facebook violates California privacy and unfair competition laws as well. Although Facebook did not reply to a request for comment, the company did mention that the allegations have been made without merit.

Source: CNN


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Steam Reportedly Down After DDoS Attack

Posted: January 3, 2014 @ time: 01:37PM
Author: gebraset

Two Twitter users today claimed responsibility for using a botnet in order to a takedown Steam servers with a Distributed Denial of Service attack. The Steam service, owned by Valve Corporation, was down for a few hours early this morning as the Holiday Sale came to an end. Steam was offering some of the most popular deals on games and software during the final hours of the Holiday Sale. Not only was the actual Steam service down, the community and support sites were also unavailable for access. Many users flocked to social media websites such as Facebook in order to voice their concern over the outage. The takedown of Steam by a DDoS attack comes just days after the sheer growth that Steam is experiencing was reported.

Source: PCWorld


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Acer Working on Android Powered PCs

Posted: January 3, 2014 @ time: 02:29PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Acer has announced a pair of all-in-one PCs powered by the Android operating system, the DA223 HQL and TA272 HUL. The DA223 HQL features a 21.5" capacitive touch screen capable of 1080p resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core processor, and a battery making it almost like a very large portable tablet computer. The TA272 HUL has a 27" touch screen with 2560x1440 resolution, a quad core NVIDIA Tegra processor, 16GB of storage, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Both devices are running the Jelly Bean version of Android. The DA223 has an MSRP of $699 while the TA272 will cost $1,099.

Source: Maximum PC


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CryptoLocker Ransomware Evolves

Posted: January 4, 2014 @ time: 07:46AM
Author: gebraset

Previously a Trojan which relied on user interaction to spread the ransomware and infect a user's computer, CryptoLocker has morphed into a new worm variant. Researchers at Trend Micro have found that CryptoLocker is able to be spread from computer to computer by using a USB drive or by being downloaded from unsafe sites such as P2P file sharing websites. By utilizing a USB drive that is infected, the ransomware spreads to files on the computer that the drive is attached to and even looks for other computers on the network to infect, if connected. The ransomware can also spread itself by being a fake activator for software such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office, which are generally shared on P2P websites. CryptoLocker encrypts various files on a computer system and makes users pay a ransom to unlock their files. Since the affected files are encrypted, removing the malware does not aid in retrieving the files for accessibility and one of the only ways to remove the ransomware at this time is by doing a complete system format.

Trend Micro is advising users to keep away from P2P file sharing sites in order to retrieve illegal copies of software. Additionally, Trend Micro is cautioning the use of USB drives, especially those of unknown origin.

Source: PC Magazine


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Vine Launches New Website

Posted: January 4, 2014 @ time: 08:12AM
Author: gebraset

Twitter, which owns and operates the popular Vine video service, has launched a new website that accompanies the mobile Vine application. The new website allows users to share their profiles with others and also allows for the sharing of past Vines, something that was previously unavailable unless using a third-party viewer. An interesting feature built into the new website, called TV Mode, allows videos from a specific user to continuously play in full screen. With the introduction of the new Vine website, which is accessible at vine.co, Twitter is making the service available to a more mainstream audience. Vine videos are still only able to be created from mobile devices however, reinforcing that the service continues to focus primarily on mobile platforms.

Source: TechHive


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Gigabyte to Host Overclocking Competition at CES

Posted: January 5, 2014 @ time: 06:42AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Gigabyte will be hosting the 2014 CES Extreme Overclock event at the upcoming trade show in Las Vegas this week starting tomorrow in the Caesar's Palace Conference Center. The event is being co-sponsored by Intel, G.Skill, and Enermax and will host some of the best overclockers in the world. The Gigabyte team will be lead by Hicookie and Dinos22 and they will be competing against other teams on Gigabyte Z87X-OC motherboards. Hicookie said, "It promises to be a fantastic OC showcase event, one that underlines our commitment to extreme overclocking and the development of world-class overclocking motherboards like the Z87X-OC."

Source: Press Release


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OCC Needs Reviewers

Posted: January 5, 2014 @ time: 12:29PM
Author: bp9801

We're hiring once more here at OverclockersClub, and now it's for Reviewers. If you want to help out your favorite tech site, here's your chance. There are some requirements for being a Reviewer, like how you need to be in the United States and have either an Intel Haswell or AMD FX Vishera system. At least a 23", 1920x1080 monitor is required too, however having three (or more) isn't necessary. Being a Reviewer also requires a certain time committment, as some products can be rather in-depth and time consuming.

If you meet all of those requirements, send an email to Bosco and he'll take it from there. Applying can't hurt, so be sure to let Bosco know your interest!

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Application Developer SnappyLabs Acquired by Apple

Posted: January 5, 2014 @ time: 01:53PM
Author: gebraset

John Papandriopoulos, the sole developer behind popular iPhone software SnappyCam, has been brought into Apple to aid in camera development for the California-based technology giant. The news comes after early reports indicated that SnappyLabs was acquired by Apple. SnappyLabs was known for its SnappyCam application, an iPhone application that allowed for full-resolution photos to be taken up to 30 frames per second. Papandriopoulos announced in June of last year that he was able to optimize the JPEG image format to work more efficiently with ARM processors. Although Apple makes use of its own processors within the iPhone, they are based on ARM chipsets. This efficiency breakthrough is what allowed SnappyCam to be able to shoot so many photos at a time, much like how a DSLR camera is able to.

While the application sold for only $1 within the Apple App Store, SnappyCam quickly soared to the top position on the paid application chart in nine countries. The revenue previously allowed Papandriopoulos to operate SnappyLabs without funding from capital firms.

Source: TechCrunch


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NVIDIA Unveils the Tegra K1 Mobile Processor; Packs 192-Core Kepler GPU

Posted: January 5, 2014 @ time: 11:16PM
Author: bp9801

CES officially kicks off on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean some press conferences can't begin early. NVIDIA is one company holding an early press conference, and boy is it a good one. The graphics giant has unveiled the Tegra K1 mobile processor, which is a 192-core "super chip" that brings the power of Kepler to mobile. Yes, you read that right; the Tegra K1 brings the Kepler architecture (what powers the GTX 780 Ti) to the world of mobile computing. The Tegra K1 is offered in two varieties: a 32-bit quad-core (4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU) and a 64-bit dual Super Core CPU designed by NVIDIA. This is the Project Denver CPU that offers "very high single-thread and multi-thread performance."

Regardless of which Tegra K1 chip you get, both feature that 192-core Kepler GPU capable of DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4, and tessellation (as well as 4K resolution). That means it can run the upcoming Unreal Engine 4, which Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says: "We can take absolutely anything that runs on PC or on a console and run it on Tegra. The differences between the platforms is really blurred."

It also means the Tegra K1 is capable of the same graphical features as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as better performance than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Outside of gaming, there's support for NVIDIA CUDA for unheard of creative possibilities on mobile. Applications can run faster too, so something like speech recognition can now be even quicker. Energy efficiency is key for many people, which is why the Tegra K1 is better than any other mobile GPU at the same power level.

Be on the lookout for more news about the Tegra K1 as CES rolls on this week.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 07:01AM
Author: bp9801

We have a lot to get into today, so let's dive right in. There's a look at the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Z87 motherboard that is the very definition of a premium motherboard. We have the PowerColor PCS+ R9 270X to show off what some aftermarket cooling can do for the Radeon R9 series of video cards. There's the Cooler Master N200 and Lian Li Q27 cases for those needing something small, as the first is microATX and the second Mini-ITX. We have a look at a DIY upgrade kit for NVIDIA G-Sync so you can get an idea at just what the installation involves and also how G-Sync works in gaming. There's plenty more too, so be sure to hit up all the links below.

Video Cards
PowerColor PCS+ R9 270X @ LanOC Reviews

Motherboards
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Z87 @ PC Perspective
ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac: The Making of a Unique Motherboard @ TechSpot

Cases
Cooler Master N200 @ Neoseeker
Lian Li Q27 @ Bjorn3D

Monitors
NVIDIA G-Sync DIY Upgrade Kit Installation and Performance @ PC Perspective

Gaming
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag @ Benchmark Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair Raptor HS30 Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews


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Philips Unveils Its First G-SYNC Enabled Monitor

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 07:23AM
Author: Prunes

In many competitive FPS games, it is often all about speed and responsiveness. A few millisecond can mean the difference between getting the kill or getting killed. That is why NVIDIA has developed G-SYNC; a new technology that synchronizes display refresh rates to the PC’s GPU, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag. This bodes well for gamers, as it can help them gain an edge compared to the competition.

Philips is now ready with its first monitor with built-in G-SYNC. The monitor, model name 272G5DYEB, is 27 inches diagonally and uses a TN display. It has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, 300cd/cm2  brightness and a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, and displays up to 16.7M colors. All of that is fairly standard, but what sets the monitor apart from some of the competition is its incorporation of G-SYNC along with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1 ms response time, which ensures that you will be having the newest frames on your screen as soon as they are rendered by the GPU. Chris Brown, TPV Global Product Marketing, puts it this way "This 27-inch Philips monitor is a perfect gaming partner, with G-SYNC technology bringing breakthrough display performance and giving major competitive edge". 

Source: Press Release


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HighPoint Expands Storage with PCIe 2.0 x8 Lanes

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 09:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Many of us will associate PCI Express slots with video cards, as that is what we typically install in them so we can play the latest and greatest game at maximum settings. For many professionals though, high-performance storage is critical, which is why the people at HighPoint Technologies have developed the RocketRAID 2720C2.

Thanks to the bandwidth of PCIe 2.0 x8 lanes, this new solution can deliver 4.0 GB/s speeds from 16-disk RAID arrays, by using two of the cards connected with Cross-Sync. Of course you may not have that many disks lying around, but with Online Capacity Expansion (OCE) you can expand an array across additional disks without losing data. Cross-Sync allows enables administrators to change the RAID configuration to best fit the situation, using Online RAID Level Migration (ORLE). That means you can start with a RAID 0 array for performance and later convert it to a RAID 5 or 6, which offers redundancy.

The RocketEAID 2120C2 is currently available, for anyone looking to build a massive RAID array, at an MSRP of $400. You can find out more at HighPoint's website: RocketRAID 2720C2 Series

Source: Press Release


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Corning Introduces Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 11:20AM
Author: gebraset

Antimicrobial properties will be built into the new Gorilla Glass 3, announced by Corning Incorporated at CES in Las Vegas. The new revision of the popular Gorilla Glass, which is used on many devices to include smartphones, will kill 99.9 percent of certain bacteria on contact. Gorilla Glass 3 will inhibit the growth of algae, bacteria, fungi, mildew, and mold.  The antimicrobial properties will last for the life of any given device and do not compromise the strength provided by the chemically-strengthened glass. This technology is made possible by infusing folded silver ions directly into the Gorilla Glass and is the first antimicrobial cover glass of its kind. By implementing the antimicrobial properties in this way, Corning claims that the additional cost of the technology in terms of raw materials is just 50 cents per smartphone.

Source: Press Release


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Roku Announces Roku TV

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 11:35AM
Author: gebraset

Although Roku just recently updated their set-top boxes, Roku has announced at CES that it will sell their own televisions with the set-top box built into the TV. The televisions will feature the familiar Roku interface, offering all of the content available with current Roku set-top boxes. Additionally, Roku TV will come with a new remote that only offers 20 button in total, which is about half the amount of a conventional remote. Television manufacturers TCL and Hisense will build the device, called Roku TV, in sizes ranging from 32-inches to 55-inches. All software updates for the Roku TV will be handled by Roku itself, allowing for all televisions to be updated at the same time instead of in phases.

No price or release date for the Roku TV has been revealed, nor have potential markets that the televisions would be sold in.

Source: Roku Blog


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VisualGraph Purchased by Pinterest

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 11:55AM
Author: gebraset

In a deal originally announced Monday, Pinterest has purchased and acquired VisualGraph, a small company which built image recognition and visual search tools. The deal will enable Pinterest to use the technology previously provided by VisualGraph to better understand what items people are pinning. David Liu and Kevin Jing, the founders and only two employees of VisualGraph, will now be working with the engineering team at Pinterest. More specifically, Jing will be leading the newly announced Pinterest visual discovery team and will seek new ways to identify what items Pinterest users are avid about and how they find them through imagery.

No information was provided by Pinterest on the acquisition of VisualGraph, and VisualGraph is now unavailable to users due to the purchase.

Source: CNET


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CyberPowerPC Debuts SteamOS Computers at CES

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 12:24PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As many have expected of this year's CES, hardware partners of Valve have been revealing their machines designed for SteamOS. Among these is CyberPowerPC, a custom gaming PC manufacturer. CyberPower has announced two pre-configured Steam Machines thus far, both expected in the second half of this year, and naturally you can customize them as you wish.

SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system Valve developed specifically for gaming. It has the ability to run Linux-supported games in your Steam game library. To drive those games, the CyberPowerPC Steam Machines sport an AMD Radeon R9 270 and AMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHz or an Intel Core i3-4330 3.50 GHz with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, for the CyberPowerPC Steam Machine A and I, respectively. Both machines have the same 500 GB SATA III HDD, 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, and mITX form-factor motherboards. Both models also come with the Steam Controller, which was developed by Valve.

For games lacking Linux support, SteamOS can stream content from a Windows-based machine, potentially allowing you access to PC gaming in the living room. The Steam Machine A currently has a base price of $499 and the Steam Machine I has a base price of $699.

Source: Press Release


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New ProSpec Enterprise-Class SSD Launched by Mushkin at CES

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 12:32PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At CES, Mushkin has launched their anticipated ProSpec series of enterprise-class solid state drives. This series features a SandForce SF-2500 series SSD processor for 80K/42K IOPS of read/write performance and a sustained transfer rate of 560 MB/s. The drives also feature 128-bit AES hardware encryption and power-loss data protection in both the hardware and firmware. The drives are available in capacities from 100 GB to 480 GB and have a 3-year limited warranty.

Source: Mushkin


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Over Three Million Xbox One Consoles Sold

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 02:21PM
Author: gebraset

Microsoft announced that the company was able to sell over three million Xbox One consoles in 13 countries before the end of last year. Yusuf Mehdi, the Vice President of Xbox marketing, revealed that the sales were set at a record pace for Xbox. In just the first 18 days after the Xbox One launched on November 22, 2013, two million units were sold. Additionally, one million Xbox One units were sold in the remaining 22 days of 2013. Although customers seem to be having trouble with their Xbox One consoles, ranging from disc drives that malfunction to updates that are unable to install, sales still seem to be going strong. Larry Hryb, the director of programming for Xbox Live, stated that Microsoft is committed to improving Xbox One throughout its lifespan.

Titles that will launch during this year for the Xbox One include, but are not limited to: Destiny, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Project Spark, Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Watch_Dogs.

Source: CNET, Xbox Wire


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Philips Debuts New UltraClear Display

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 03:06PM
Author: gebraset

Equipped with a plethora of features and 4K resolution, Philips today has introduced its Philips UltraClear Display at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new 28-inch display features a resolution of 3840x2160 and provides a color depth of 1.07 billion colors at an aspect ratio of 16:9. Built-in stereo speakers are included and MHL technology is also provided, enabling quick and easy mobile device connectivity. MultiView functionality is provided as well, which allows for active dual connect and view of multiple devices. Additionally, the SmartErgoBase on the Philips UltraClear Display enables the monitor to be lowered to almost desk level for an optimal viewing angle to be achieved. The Philips UltraClear Display model 288P6 boasts plenty of connectivity options and includes one DisplayPort, one Dual-link DVI, one HDMI, one MHL, two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, and one VGA SmartConnect ports.

Available in the spring of this year, the Philips UltraClear Display will sell for $1,199.99 MSRP.

Source: Press Release


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Despite Christmas Flood, Joe Danger Infinity Will Arrive January 9th

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 03:29PM
Author: ClayMeow

Many gamers were saddened to learn of the flood that destroyed the offices of Hello Games on Christmas day. Aside from the financial hit (especially since insurance will not cover it), what would that mean for the futures of Joe Danger Infinity and No Man's Sky? While the latter's future was not discussed, studio founder Sean Murray told Polygon that Joe Danger Infinity is moving along according to schedule and should be released on January 9th as originally planned, priced at $2.99 USD. That happens to be exactly one year from the release of its previous iOS iteration, Joe Danger Touch.

While some people may scoff at it being an iOS game, Joe Danger Infinity is actually "the biggest Joe Danger" to date, so fans of the series should find a lot to love if they happen to own an iDevice. It should also be noted that if you want the development of No Man's Sky to be unscathed from the flood, supporting the developer by purchasing Joe Danger Infinity is probably not a bad idea...just saying.

Source: Polygon
 


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More Details About NVIDIA Tegra K1

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 05:26PM
Author: CheeseMan42

We brought you a taste of the power behind the newest CPU from NVIDIA, the Tegra K1, late last night. The K1 packs a Kepler core into a package targeted at mobile processors, putting desktop power at your fingertips. Since the initial announcement, NVIDIA has created a blog post summarizing its CES press conference with some additional product information. The Tegra K1 will bring its computing power to automotive applications, enabling a number of technologies that were previously unavailable. The primary application will be in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with applications such as pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and street sign recognition. VP and general manager of automotive business Taner Ozcelik said, "To process the steady deluge of sensor and camera data required by a self-driving car, NVIDIA is bringing highly energy-efficient supercomputer technology inside the vehicle. Tegra K1 solves this by providing 10 times the computing power of previous mobile processors without consuming additional energy."

The K1 will also enable customizable digital dashboards created using NVIDIA's Material Definition Language. Users will be able to design the look of gauges, controls, and dials with the visual appearance of copper, titanium, carbon fiber, and other materials. Chief Executive Engineer Ricky Hudi of Audi described the relationship with NVIDIA saying, "Audi and NVIDIA have a long, deep partnership, in which we've utilized three generations of Tegra to bring industry-leading capabilities to the instrument cluster, infotainment and rear seat entertainment systems." The non-proprietary nature of the Tegra K1 will make future updates easy, allowing in-car computers to advance as software advances instead of being limited to stock software.

Source: NVIDIA


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iBuyPower Shows Steam Machine at CES

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 07:03PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Earlier today CyberPowerPC introduced its incarnation of the Steam Machine from Valve, running the SteamOS flavor of Linux and taking aim at shaking up the gaming market. It isn't the only company making the big reveal at CES, with iBuyPower the latest to show off its wares. The SBX Steam Machine will deliver a 60 frames per second gaming experience with Intel and AMD CPU options combined with an AMD GPU. Co-founder and VP Darren Su said, "What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way." The SBX Steam Machine will be available later this year with a Steam controller at an MSRP of $499 in matte black or white.

Source: Press Release


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Valve Reveals the Manufacturer List for the First Gen Steam Machines

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 07:31PM
Author: bp9801

CES is upon us, which means a ton of new products and technology being revealed for the first time. One such product is Valve's Steam Machines, with the company announcing the manufacturer list of the first generation systems. We've already seen the ones from CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower, but those are just the tip of the iceberg, as Alienware, Alternate, Digital Storm, Falcon NW, GigaByte, Maingear, Material.net, Next Spa, Origin PC, Scan, Webhallen, and Zotac are also joining the party. A variety of configurations will be available from these companies later this year, with prices starting as low as $499 for a basic model. There will, of course, be higher end systems with a larger price tag, but the specifications should rival some of the best high-end PCs today.

All the Steam Machines come with a Steam Controller and run SteamOS, so you'll be able to play pretty much any game on Steam with ease. I suspect more specifications from all of Valve's manufacturing partners will be coming out in the next few days, so be sure to keep it tuned to see just what each one will have in store.

Source: Valve


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Corsair Reveals Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX RGB Switches

Posted: January 6, 2014 @ time: 09:56PM
Author: bp9801

About a month ago, Cherry unveiled the MX RGB switches, which features (among other things) per-key backlighting of over 16.8 million colors. At the time Corsair was announced as the first partner, with products arriving in 2014. Well, it's 2014, so now we know just what Cherry and Corsair have in store for us. The MX RGB Project is a joint effort between the two companies that takes the MX RGB switches and packs them into a Vengeance K70 keyboard. It gives us a fantastic look at what's to come, as Corsair plans to launch the world's first MX RGB keyboards in the second half of this year. Those will features Cherry Red, Brown, and Blue to custom tailor your typing experience, just each will have a new level of customization not commonly found today. Especially when it comes to mechanical keyboards.

Source: Press Release


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New ZBOX nano ID67 Series Released by ZOTAC

Posted: January 7, 2014 @ time: 08:33AM
Author: gebraset

Announced by Hong Kong based computer company ZOTAC International, new ZBOX nano ID67 series computers are being released today. The new ZBOX nano ID67 series makes use of the latest Intel Core processor technology and also boasts plenty of connectivity options. ZOTAC notes that Intel HD Graphics 4400 will be included and allows for high-definition video decoding acceleration and compatibility with DirectX 11. A baseline ZBOX nano ID67 series will be sold, as well as a PLUS version of the computer.

The baseline version will feature an Intel Core i3 4010U processor at 1.7GHz with 3MB of L2 cache and dual-core technology, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort, high-amperage USB charging, and a bundled VESA75/100 mount. The PLUS version will feature all of the same hardware plus 4GB DDR3 preinstalled memory and a 500GB preinstalled hard disk drive.

No price for the new ZBOX nano ID67 series has been announced by ZOTAC.

Source: Press Release

 


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Improved Micro-Muscle Developed

Posted: January 7, 2014 @ time: 08:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you examine a modern robot you will find some component on them for delivering mechanical force, similar to how our muscles work. For large robots, there are many technologies for delivering that force, but as the size shrinks, so do the options. Researchers at Berkeley Lab though have developed a new micro-muscle with a lot of power.

The micro-muscle uses vanadium dioxide, which many researchers are interested in. The reason is its interesting phase transitions which will morph it from an insulator to a conductor, and will cause it to shrink in one dimension while expanding in the others. This latter effect is what the Berkeley researchers are utilizing as applying enough thermal or electro-thermal energy can cause vanadium dioxide wire to suddenly move. For its size, the micro-muscle they built is a thousand times more powerful than our muscles and can throw an object fifty times its weight a distance five times its length.

With so much power it will be interesting to see how the micro-muscle's potential is tapped. It is also worth noting that the phase transition can also be triggered optically, as the material will convert light into heat.

 

 

Source: Berkeley Lab


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TRENDnet Announces Wireless AC Cloud Cameras

Posted: January 7, 2014 @ time: 09:00AM
Author: gebraset

Announced today from CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, new cloud cameras that feature IEEE 802.11ac connectivity are being launched from TRENDnet. Technology director of TRENDnet, Sonny Su, states that the introduction of the cloud cameras provides consumers more options when building their network and marks a milestone in the transition to making IEEE 802.11ac the standard for wireless monitoring solutions. Two models are being released by TRENDnet, labeled TV-IP782IC and TV-IP882IC, and will cost $149.99 MSPR and $249.99 MSRP, respectfully.

Both cameras feature Wireless AC networking, remote camera viewing with free TRENDnet Cloud service, high-definition 720P resolution, two way audio, free mobile applications, and a three year warranty. The TV-IP782IC camera more specifically features the ability to receive snapshots and video clips of motion through email and has night vision capability of up to 16 feet. The TV-IP882IC camera features the ability to receive motion detection video clips through email and has night vision capability of up to 25 feet. Although the new cameras will work with the Wireless AC standard, they are incompatible with other standards such as Wireless N.

Both TRENDnet Wireless AC cloud cameras will be available directly from TRENDnet as well as other retailers in June of this year.

Source: Press Release

 


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New Wireless AC USB Adapter Announced by TRENDnet

Posted: January 7, 2014 @ time: 09:34AM
Author: gebraset

One of the leaders in wired and wireless networking hardware, TRENDnet has announced from CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the introduction of their new high gain Wireless AC USB adapter. The new adapter, model TEW-806UBH, offers the ability to connect a Windows or Macintosh computer to a Wireless AC network at speed of 433Mbps or to a Wireless N network at speeds of 150Mbps. The adapter is able to be adjusted, in terms of both rotation and tilt, in order to improve wireless connectivity. Sonny Su, the technology director of TRENDnet, stated that the new TRENDnet TEW-806UBH Wireless AC USB adapter maximizes the wireless coverage of a computer while utilizing an existing Wireless AC network.

The TRENDnet TEW-806UBH will be available for $39.99 MSRP in March of this year, and feature a three year limited warranty.

Source: Press Release

 


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Is Alien: Isolation the Survival Horror Alien Game We've All Been Waiting For?

Posted: January 7, 2014 @ time: 09:52AM
Author: ClayMeow

It's no secret amongst gamers that Aliens: Colonial Marines was a huge disappointment, with some actually claiming Gearbox and Sega outright misled them. I have long believed that the only way to truly make a "great" Alien game is to make it survival horror – and it seems I may finally get my wish.

According to two separate reports, Alien: Isolation, the new game in development at Creative Assembly, is being billed as survival horror. The first came from a listing in the Xbox Games Store, calling it "a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and immortal danger." That listing has since been removed, but of course you can never hide anything on the Internet. The second report comes from a first-hand account by IGN's Daniel Krupa, who apparently played a demo of the game. It's a lengthy article, but worth the read if you're an Alien fan.

One of the key points that Krupa makes is that Isolation has more in common with Ridley Scott's Alien than James Cameron's more action-oriented sequel. Anyone who remembers the original Alien can surely attest to the fact that as much as it was a sci-fi movie, it was just as much a horror flick. In Isolation, the player takes control of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley. You are in search of the Nostromo's Black Box, hoping to discover what happened to your missing mother. Interestingly, Krupa was told that "there's only one alien in the game, and it can't be killed." That alien (a Xenomorph, of course) is not on any predefined course, but rather programmed to track you down via sight, smell, and sound. Because of the latter, running won't help you. As Krupa points out, this isn't a "fight or flight" game – both things will get you killed. This is a try-to-keep-your-composure and creep-ever-so-slowly type of game.

While those that were "fooled" by Aliens: Colonial Marines may be hesitant to get excited about Isolation, it's important to remember that the latter is being developed by an entirely different developer, Creative Assembly. Yes, the same Creative Assembly famous for the Total War series. An odd choice indeed, but you certainly cannot blame Sega for going a different route. I for one am cautiously optimistic about Isolation.

Sources: Polygon and IGN


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First Look at Turtle Rock's Evolve in February 2014 Game Informer

Posted: January 7, 2014 @ time: 10:23AM
Author: ClayMeow

Back in January of last year, 2K Games paid nearly $11 million during THQ's auction for an IP called Evolve. A year later, the publisher is finally ready to give the world a sneak peek at the game it's hired Turtle Rock Studios to develop – the indie developer best known for the Left 4 Dead series. Game Informer just unveiled its February cover to be that of Evolve, which will be accompanied by a 12-page look at the game. According to the unveil, Evolve "pits a four-player crew of alien hunters against a separate player-controlled monster that grows larger and more powerful over the course of matches." The article will provide details on Game Informer's "exclusive hands-on time with the game's four-versus-one hunt mode."

The cover image is certainly quite intriguing and Turtle Rock has proven itself to be very adept at creating great multiplayer experiences that meld cooperative and competitive multiplayer in unique ways. Evolve is set to release this Fall for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: Game Informer


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