The large volume of cyberattacks aimed at U.S. infrastructure, including banks and private sector companies, has finally led the U.S. Justice Department to begin showing interest in prosecuting cyberattack crimes. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin is spearheading the project, with a more realistic emphasis on cyber security efforts.
"We need to develop the capability and bandwidth to deal with what we can see as an evolving threat," Carlin recently noted. He is building a team around him able to understand the seriousness of state-sponsored cyberattacks, especially by the Chinese and Russian governments.
Instead of worrying about rogue hackers, the government wants to work to dismantle organized hacker groups that victimize US companies - and consumers, with millions of victims racked up. This is an important step by the federal government, which tried to bury its head in the sand, though that not surprisingly hasn't worked.
Naughty Dog has some serious games under its belt for Sony, with PlayStation exclusive titles like Uncharted and The Last of Us, with the latter recently going through a Remastered edition on the PS4. The Last of Us: Remastered was running at 1080p and 'mostly' 60FPS, with an option to enable 30FPS if you really wanted to.
When asked about hitting 1080p and 60FPS for its upcoming games, including Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Naughty Dog's Community Manager, Arne Meyer said: "I think that's what we want to push for with anything we're doing on this generation. That's sort of the mandate from when we were building the PS4 engine. Let's see if we can do this and hit it. We hit it with The Last of Us Remastered, so why not stick with this?".
Uncharted 4 will soon hit the PS4, and with near confirmation it'll be running at 1080p and 60FPS, fans of the original three Uncharted games have wondered of a remastered version of the popular games. Meyer talked about those rumors too, where he said: "I personally think it would work well, because there's a lot of attention on the studio between the success of Uncharted 2, 3 and The Last of Us. It'd be nice to give players the opportunity to go back and play the older games, and people who are new to the PlayStation platform". What better way to drum up to the launch of Uncharted 4 on the PS4, than with a remastered Uncharted trilogy released?
Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers is the latest to speak out against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, saying the American - currently living in Russia - should be charged with murder. Rogers currently is the chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, and also described Snowden as a traitor to the United States.
"The [US] government has pressed charges on Mr. Snowden," Rogers recently said. "We are treating him, as I would argue, the traitor that he is. And by the way, and this is important, I would charge him for murder."
Although Snowden isn't popular among US lawmakers, Rogers took it a step further by saying Snowden's actions will end up causing American or British casualties on the battlefield. Other politicians already said enemies are changing their strategies to avoid being noticed by US and British intelligence agencies.
NVIDIA has just updates its GeForce drivers, bringing them up to version 344.48. They are WHQL certified drivers, as well as GameReady for some of the biggest games launching in the coming weeks.
This includes Civilization: Beyond Earth, Lord of the Fallen, and Elite: Dangerous. These new drivers are for Windows 7/8.1 in 64-bit, something you can download here. Moving on, we have Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR support in these new drivers, for NVIDIA's older Fermi, and Kepler-based GPUs.
We already know to expect big things from Motorola with its upcoming Droid Turbo, but the latest leaks are starting to confirm these specs. We also know that Motorola should be shipping out its new smartphone with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and not the newly-announced Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The latest leaks show us that we should expect the Droid Turbo, or DROID TURBO for dramatic effect, will include 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board flash storage, and a 2560x1440 QHD panel. What is weird, is that we will be seeing Motorola release this new high-end handset with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and not Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Respawn is ready to take Update Eight out of the oven for Titanfall, a patch that will include a slew of changes and new game modes. One of the bigger game modes from the update is the co-op wave survival mode, which should be a bunch of robotic fun.
In the previous update, Respawn removed the titans and AI bots, allowing for PvP combat, without the supersuits and artificial intelligence. The new update however, has a new mode called Frontier Defense. This mode has players dying and instead of spectator mode, they fly high above the other players, in helicopters, shooting down at the people on the ground.
Deadly Ground is another new mode, which changes regular levels so "the floor is covered in deadly electrified fog". Frontier Defense mode will also have gamers against old and new robots, surviving waves and waves of baddies. Respawn will also be including the usual bud fixes, UI improvements, new graphics options for capable PCs, faster load times, and more.
It looks like Microsoft may have something somewhat decent on its hands with the live-action TV series based in its Halo universe, Halo: Nightfall, check out the trailer for it below.
It looks kind of generic, but Halo fans are going to probably fall right into this. Ridley Scott is sitting on the series as a producer, which should give the show some credit (or show that Microsoft at least threw a sum of money at him). Whatever it is, it looks good, and shows that the company can extend what the series means to them, apart from cash-generating games on its Xbox platform.
Update: One of our readers, Peter, linked us to the Full HD version of the trailer on YouTube - so if you want to check out the trailer to Avengers: Age of Ultron, in 1080p, I would do it right now.
The Avengers was one of the biggest superhero movies of all time, joining a bunch of the biggest superheroes in the Marvel universe in an even bigger movie, made over a billion dollars at the box office. Well, now it's nearly time for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The trailer for Age of Ultron wasn't meant to drop until Tuesday's episode of Agents of SHIELD, but it leaked early and is now doing the rounds: albeit, in 360p. We get to see the new Hulkbuster armor from Stark, Ultron - who is voiced by James Spader, and more. Let's hope the full trailer is released soon, in 1080p and beyond.
After resigning from Electronic Arts last year amid multiple problems the company was experiencing, John Riccitiello hasn't made much noise in the last twelve months, until now.
Unity Technologies' founder, David Helgason, is stepping down as CEO of the company, with Riccitiello replacing him. Helgason will stay with the company, but said that Riccitiello is "the right person to help guide the company to the mission that we set out for ourselves over a decade ago: democratize game development!". The founder of Unity also said that the company has been "making some big moves" lately, reiterating that Unity has been investing in new partnerships and technologies.
Helgason wrote: "This is a lot to take on as a company and building it right is going to take a huge effort. We keep our eyes out for the best talent and help wherever we feel we can use it at every level. That's why today, I'm pleased to welcome John Riccitiello onto the Unity team as our new CEO. Sure, that sounds odd, as it also means I'm stepping down from the role, but this is an amazing win for Unity and the community. Many of you are likely familiar with John. He's been in the games industry for a long time, both as COO and later CEO of Electronic Arts. He's also helped fund and guide some notable startups like Oculus and Syntertainment among many others, and is a heartfelt believer in the indie scene and its importance to the overall well-being of the industry".
Wearable device technology looks more promising than ever, especially for medical health tracking, but it still remains a novelty, according to a report from PwC. Samsung, Apple, and other companies heavily involved in wearable hardware development hope to use health technology as a springboard to reach new consumers.
More than 80 percent of those surveyed believe these devices, however, pose a significant risk to their privacy - and that is an issue that software and hardware developers will have to address. As security breaches continue to increase, while also capturing mainstream media attention, companies are trying to encrypt all wireless data.
It seems consumers would be interested in testing wearables if their primary care physician recommends a product and service for them. However, doctors are largely waiting to see how the industry evolves, though partnerships are being created between tech companies and hospitals.