I've never purchased anything online from Overstock.com, but I like the fact that the company doesn't just whip out the checkbook when it comes to dealing with patent trolls. Overstock has a history of spending whatever it takes to fight patent trolls to the end.
Back in 2011, Overstock was able to defeat Alcatel-Lucent at trial and even had one of the patents Alcatel accused it of infringing on ruled invalid. That is as big a defeat as a patent troll can be handed. Overstock has now announced that it has defeated two more patent trolls and paid out no money to them.
According to the company, Execware LLC and Eclipse IP LLC have each dropped their respective cases accusing Overstock of patent infringement. Overstock's SVP and general counsel Mark Griffin said that the company prefers to spend its legal budget litigating rather than paying.
It looks like we could expect Intel to surprise the world by releasing its Haswell-E processors at Computex in Taipei, in just a few months time. The chipmaker is preparing its new Core i7 Extreme CPU, as well as its X99 chipset.
Intel's Haswell-E processor will be the company's first desktop processor to feature eight cores, for a total of 16 threads. We should also expect 20MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR4 memory support, Turbo Boost 2 technology, an 40 integrated PCI Express 3.0 lanes. The new Haswell-E CPUs will be made on Intel's 22nm process.
The new Haswell-E processors will arrive as the 5000-series, compatible only with the X99 chipset and LGA2011-3 socket. The platform is being targeted toward enthusiasts, so we should see some exotic motherboards unveiled at Computex by the usual players: ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and so forth. The new X99 chipset should deliver some great new features and technologies, too.
Days before the Game Developers Conference (GDC) kicks off in San Francisco, news has hit the wire that a collective of companies working on virtual reality (VR) technology is rebranding itself.
The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance is now known as the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA), and will continue to "foster a vibrant and diverse industry that content makers can support on a wide scale." The ITA has under its wings: EA, Panasonic Epson, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and smaller companies like Technical Illusions, Gameface Labs and Oculus VR.
The time has come for Facebook on Android to be updated, where you can now use pictures as comments, instead of being locked away to the desktop. The new update also has a few other tricks up its sleeve.
We have the ability to delete and edit your own photo albums, untag yourself from photos and upload multiple photos at once into a group. Group administrators also have some new powers, where they have new options for pinning and unpinning posts, as well as managing pending and reported posts. You can grab the latest Facebook for Android from the Google Play store if your phone hasn't already updated it.
Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall is finally here on the PC and Xbox One, but it looks like the game could eventually make its way to Apple's desktop OS, OS X.
Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, was asked if Titanfall would make it to the Mac, where he tweeted: "We are talking to Aspyr, they should do it." Aspyr has ported other games over to the PC, such as BioShock: Infinite and Borderlands 2. I would say this tweet could be held against Zampella, as I can't see Microsoft letting one of the biggest, if not the biggest title on the Xbox One to be ported over to Apple's Mac platform.
Maxis is nearly finished with the offline mode for SimCity, with the developer saying the offline mode is "in final testing." SimCity was launched last year, experiencing some truly bad server issues.
EA, to the dismay of its fans, launched SimCity without an offline mode. The company received some bad backlash, and after months of the game being available to consumers, EA and Maxis decided to add offline mode to the urban planning simulation title. The SimCity Twitter account posted today: "Update 10 is in final testing. Almost there Mayors."
Google has just dropped the price on its cloud storage service, Drive, to ridiculous levels. Google provides 15GB of free storage through Drive, but now the company is making it much cheaper to throw more content onto the cloud. Here's the new pricing:
- 15GB - Free
- 100GB - $1.99 a month
- 1TB - $9.99 a month
- 10TB or more - $99.99 a month
Competitors Apple and Dropbox have just had their cloud storage businesses look a little worse today, with Dropbox offering 100GB of cloud storage for $9.99 per month, so Google is really dominating Dropbox here. Previously Google charged $4.99 for the 100GB of cloud storage, so the drop to just $1.99 is a significant one.
Apple charges annually for its iCloud service, at $100 per year for 50GB which means you're paying $8.30 per month. $8.30 per month for 50GB is a much higher price to pay than what Google was offering before its price cuts at 100GB for $4.99 per month, but now at $1.99 per month for 100GB of storage through Drive, Google has really dived out ahead of its competitors.
ASRock has announced that it has partnered up with Kloudian to unveil its own cloud storage service, ASRock Cloud. ASRock Cloud includes a three-year subscription to Orbweb.ME Professional, which is priced at $149.97.
This is a personal cloud storage service which is normally priced at $49.99 per year, as well as one-month upgrade to Orbweb.ME Ultimate, which gives consumers access to a Remote Desktop function. James Wei, the CEO of Kloudian, said: "It is very exciting to work with ASRock, one of the world's largest motherboard manufacturers. With the continued proliferation of mobile devices and the growing demand to 'stay connected', we are proud to provide a powerful and convenient solution to enable users the freedom of their portable device plus the power of their ASRock personal computer."
ASRock Cloud comes in both iOS and Android apps, or you can your web browser on your PC, where you can then remotely power on your PC, stream music, photos and video clips remotely through Orbweb.ME's file Xplorer, at anytime, anywhere. In order to jump in on this, you have to own an ASRock motherboard, and then visit this link for more info.
Lea Michele, who is best known for her role as Rachel Barry on the hit television series Glee, dished to Billboard magazine about her overwhelming desire to join the cast of American Horror Story. According to Lea Michele, she has literally begged Ryan Murphy, who is the creator, writer, director, and producer (talented fellow) of both Glee, and American Horror Story, to let her in on an upcoming season of American Horror Story. According to Lea Michele (via Billboard):
"I've basically talked to him about it every day. If I could get my fans to start working on that for me, that would be great. I've been literally begging him. But it would probably have to be for their season five, or something like that. I think it would be a great opportunity for people in the acting world to see."
What exactly could Lea Michele have to offer a dark, hellish, nuanced-gothic television show like American Horror Story? Well, by looking at her track record, quite a lot.
League of Legends professional gamer Cheon 'Promise' Min-Ki attempted suicide by jumping from a twelve story building after he revealed an eSports match-fixing and scam via Reddit. Currently, the South Korean based gamer is in a serious condition.
Promise was a part of an eSports team where he claimed that it was nothing more than a scam. The gamer confessed that he and his team mates were told that they will receive cash sponsorships and computers. But what he came to know later that the sponsors will only give them gaming gear in exchange for the rights to the team's brand name.
He added,"Our manager Noh had lied to us, and took out a loan to pay for our housing, living expenses, computers, and even our salaries. He was planning on placing illegal bets on eSports games and fixing them to win back the borrowed money and make a profit."