After 12 months on Steam's Early Access, DayZ is getting some much needed updates, with its developer finally coming clean on what's going on with the open-world game next year.
Bohemia Interactive have said that two very important things will happen for DayZ next year, with the first being it will reach beta in Q4 2015 - a year from now - and that the final version will launch in the first half of 2016. DayZ will continue to be $30 during the Steam Fall Sale, which starts today, but it will increase to $35, and then $44 when the launch of the beta kicks off. The final version of DayZ will be $50.
The developer is splitting the updates into quarterly released, where in Q1 2015, we will see DayZ updated with a new zombie AI, basic vehicles, diseases and more. Q2 will see advanced vehicles, advanced animals, a new UI, player stamina, and more. Q3 will have traps, barricading, aerial transport, and a console prototype. Then in Q4, we'll see the beta unleashed, as well as animal companions, base building and Steam community integration.
News has just come to light that Android continues to dominate the global market in smartphones, controlling a massive total of 85% of all devices. This marks Apple and Windows OS systems falling further behind the leader, likely due to Chinese domestic phone offerings incorporating third-party Android OS platforms.
Recent reports claim that BlackBerry and Windows Phone have swapped positions, seeing Microsoft creep into a third place standing. However, Windows devices are still only accountable for 5% of the total market share.
As far as tablets are concerned, IDC claims that Android's market share makes up for 67.7% of the total amount, alongside Apple's iOS offering falling to 27.5% and Windows sitting at just under 5% total. However, Microsoft has experienced a growth of 67.3% over 2014, seeing Android grow 16% in its own right. Unfortunately for Apple, as the competitors grow, they must fall - reporting a 12.7% drop over the same time period.
The launch of Assassin's Creed: Unity didn't go too well at all, with the game still experiencing teething problems. Ubisoft has now come out and apologized to everyone, announcing it will be providing its upcoming "Dead Kings" expansion pack for free, to all AC:U players, as a way of saying sorry for shipping a clearly, very broken game.
Ubisoft Montreal boss, Yannis Mallat, took to a blog writing: "Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologise on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential".
For those who purchased the season pass or Gold edition of Assassin's Creed: Unity will get the DLC for 'free' anyway, so these people will be offered a free game. You can choose from Far Cry 4, The Crew, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2015.
It seems like for years, director producer duo Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have been promising a sequel to the 1996 sci-fi epic 'Independence Day' which went on to gross $817 million worldwide and rejuvenated science fiction films once again.
Well today, Twentieth Century Fox has officially greenlit a sequel, as announced via Twitter by Dean Devlin.
As reported by Deadline Hollywood, 'Independence Day 2' is expected to go into full production starting in May 2015, after Roland Emmerich finishes duties on his next picture 'Stonewall', and it is assumed the previously announced release date of July 4 2016 still stands.
Original star Will Smith is not expected to return, but Jeff Goldblum will be back, and it's rumored that Bill Pullman will show up at some point, reprising his role as a former U.S. President. Expect further casting announcements to made over the next few months.
It looks like ASRock is about to unveil a true beast of a motherboard, in the form of the X99 WS-E/10G, which will feature no less than four Ethernet ports. Yes, four.
This will be the first time a consumer motherboard has shipped with four Ethernet ports, two of which are GbE (1Gbps) but the other two are 10GbE (10Gbps). All four Ethernet ports are Intel made, with the GbE ports being based on the Intel I210AT chip, while the two 10GbE ports are the X540-BT2 for some super-intensive, high-speed networking transfers. On top of that, all four of them can be bridged together for an absolutely insane amount of networking bandwidth, hitting 22Gbps.
ASRock hasn't just made the networking side of the X99 WS-E/10G impressive, as we also have two PLX 8747 bridge chips, allowing for up to seven PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. This means you can have full x16/x16/x16/x16 quad SLI or Crossfire. If you wanted to go single cards the whole way, you can do x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8.
We also have 60A 12-phase power circuitry, plus inductor memory alloy, 12K Nichicon capacitors, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET, sapphire black PCB, eight DDR4 UDIMM/RDIMM ECC support, supporting up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. There are 12 x SATA 6Gbps, an eSATA port, a SATA Express port, SATA DOM, M.2, support for PCIe 2.0 x4/SATA 6Gbps, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and Realtek ALC1150 7.1-channel sounr with Purity Sound technology. It's quite the feature-packed motherboard, that's for sure.
The unfortunate incident between officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown, which left Brown dead and many people rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, has become a prominent platform in the promotion of body cameras. A growing number of police agencies are deploying wearable cameras, typically clipped to an officer's uniform, as a method to record officer interactions with members of the community - and a way to help provide insight into deadly encounters.
"The findings suggest more than a 50 percent reduction in the total number of incidents of use-of-force compared to control-conditions, and nearly 10 times more citizens' complaints in the 12-months prior to the experiment," according to a Police Foundation-commissioned study.
Department of Justice officials and other law enforcement experts share similar findings - and believe the use of body cameras could help prevent future incidents like in Ferguson. Civil liberty groups say the videos would help prevent officers from abusing their authority, while law enforcement groups mention citizens would be less likely to falsely accuse officers of wrongdoing.
When Lucasfilm and Disney announced they would release the first trailer for a new 'Star Wars' film in nearly a decade earlier this week, no mention was made that the trailer would be released online, leading to some speculation that the 88 second clip would be released exclusively to a select list cinemas in the United States, at least for a while.
Now, the 'Star Wars' Twitter page has dispelled that rumour by announcing that iTunes will carry the trailer from tomorrow after all. Be sure to download in HD and turn speakers up to 11, for maximum effect.
We will be back tomorrow with our thoughts on the first trailer. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
Just yesterday we published an article on 3DHead's apparent disappearance from the market, after promising to provide an "Oculus Killer" as mentioned through their wacky marketing video.
In updated news, billionaire founder and CEO Alki David has provided us with an exclusive statement and interview regarding the topic - rebutting claims and providing his own evidence against Reddit user crazy_goat's findings and theories published on the 25th of November.
David first mentioned the claims made regarding his 'FilmOn X' company, set to provide streamed broadcast TV to subscribers mobile phones, stating: "I've attached an article from Litigation daily that reviews the position of FilmOn X in the USA. Please note that FilmOn X is the company that was called Aereokiller not FilmOn TV.
I hope this helps clear up some misunderstandings." If anyone wishes to view this document, we've uploaded it to Google Drive.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was disgusted by NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance activities, and disclosed the questionable actions of both agencies. However, multiple lawmakers and politicians have spoken out against his actions, saying he has put military personnel and intelligence agents at risk.
British lawmakers hope to push the Communications Data Bill, which would force ISPs and mobile service carriers to keep Internet browsing activity, social media, email correspondence, voice calls, Internet gaming activity, texting, and other records on file for a minimum of 12 months. Phone and email contact data is already retained due to the Data Retention Regulations 2014 bill.
"Consequently there are people dying who actually would now be alive," said Lord West, a former UK security minister and Navy admiral. "It is now critical that we move forward the Communications Data Bill that was paused so unreasonably because there is a very real danger that unless we do this, I think it is not exaggerating to say that people will die in this country who would have been safe if that had been in place."
Book retailer Barnes & Noble will have the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK device available to in-store customers on Black Friday for $129.99 while supplies last. The 10-inch model will be available for $249 both in-store and online, the company said in a press statement.
In addition, NOOK will offer e-books and e-magazines on sale up to 50 percent off for customers.
"We are excited to offer customers our fantastic lineup of NOOK devices at all excellent values, right on time for their holiday shopping," said Doug Carlson, Chief Marketing Officer, in a press statement. "In particular, customers will love our amazing one-day, in-store offer on the 7-inch device. Our customers and their families can enjoy a NOOK device together as they read books or watch movies, enhancing their shared holiday experience."