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.
Australian sex offender Scott Robert Hansen recently pleaded guilty in Brisbane to sending obscene pictures to a minor, possession of images of child abuse, and failure to comply with a sex offenders order, and was busted with the help of a virtual girl. The virtual 10-year-old, named Sweetie was a unique effort to find innovative, modern methods to help law enforcement track down predators.
Sweetie was created by Terre des Hommes, a Dutch children's rights group, and was constructed to look like a 10-year-old girl. There have been at least 1,000 adults in 71 countries that have contacted Sweetie, in an attempt to have her perform sexual acts. All chat and video logs are saved and passed along to law enforcement in each country, as the effort to arrest sexual offenders continues to evolve.
The project took place for 10 weeks in 2003, as a team of four researchers were approached by adults looking to engage in sexual behavior with Sweetie.
Chromebook devices are seeing strong growth, with sales increasing 67 percent quarter over quarter, but still have a long way to go, according to ABI Research. Acer leads the current Chromebook market, ahead of Samsung, Hewlett-Packard and Dell - but each company hopes to see the low-cost laptops continue to see increased interest from consumers and vertical industries in 2015.
"Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop," said Stephanie Van Vactor, ABI Research Analyst, in a statement. "The growth of the Chromebook market demonstrates a niche that is gaining traction among consumers."
The price of mobile hardware is dropping in price, and Chromebooks are often significantly cheaper than other laptops, so it will take time for the market to develop. Total Chromebook-powered device shipments are expected to tally 4.1 million in 2014, a drop in the bucket compared to the estimated 300 million shipments of traditional PCs.
Less than one year after purchasing Nokia's mobile business, Microsoft has decided to drop Nokia branding from upcoming smartphones. Nokia France confirmed it will switch to "Microsoft Lumia," and the rebranding change will continue in other countries, Microsoft has confirmed. Microsoft paid $7.2 billion for Nokia in April, and wants to move forward with its own advertising and marketing efforts without references to Nokia.
As recent as the Nokia Lumia 730 and 830 product announcements made in September, the Finnish brand name was highlighted - but as Microsoft continues an effort to make branding easier - it only makes sense that future products will be referred to as Microsoft Nokia.
Microsoft is desperate for success in the mobile markets, and "Windows Phone" devices are now simply being referred to as "Windows."