Purch, a "leading content and commerce company" has announced it has acquired AnandTech for an undisclosed sum of money. Purch is the company that acquired Tom's Hardware all those years ago. AnandTech will reportedly remain "editorially independent" from the deal.
AnandTech's current editor-in-chief, Ryan Smith, said "AnandTech has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years, but we were nearing what's possible as an independent company. The challenge has always been that there are very few players in the publishing space these days who value deep, high-quality content. We wanted a partner that understood our values, had a sound business model to ensure AnandTech's legacy would continue for years to come, and would allow us to grow and expand our readership without compromising the quality that made us who were are today. Purch provides all of these things. I am beyond excited about what we'll be able to do with their support."
Anand Shimpi, who now works for Apple and was the founder of AnandTech in 1997 when he was just 14 years old, said "AnandTech represents much of my life's work over the past 18 years. I am happy to see it end up with a partner committed to taking good care of the brand and its readers. I wouldn't have had it any other way."
Love it or hate it, the Call of Duty series still pulls massive numbers. According to a recently issued release, the latest game in this long-standing series has been named the top-selling console game of the year in America.
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing announced that "to date, 2014 has been a series of number ones for Activision Publishing: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the #1 top-selling game of the year, Skylanders is the #1 kids video game franchise of the year, and Destiny is the #1 top-selling new video game franchise of the year", with Hirshberg further commenting that "we are excited about how fans have responded to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny and Skylanders Trap Team, and have even more great new content in store in 2015."
According to the latest rumors from various sources, Rockstar is working on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2. The sequel to the popular GTA: San Andreas will be dropping on the PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2015.
Rockstar reportedly "confirmed" that it was working on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2 at the PlayStation Experience event recently. According to the rumors, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2 will take place in 1999, some seven years after the events in the original game. CJ will return as the protagonist, which will be voiced by Young Maylay once again.
Many have claimed the news is fake, which is why we're putting a very big 'rumor' stamp on this one. With the news of Online Heists coming to GTA V next year, and GTA V reaching the #pcmasterrace on January 27, 2015, the world of Grand Theft Auto seems to be truly opening up for 2015.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now open to the wide world of Android tablets, marking their next step in development. With PC, Mac and iOS tablet versions already on the market, you can now pick yourself up Hearthstone for your Android operated tablet through Google Play or the Amazon Appstore.
Unfortunately this update doesn't include Android OS smartphones or Apple's iPhone, but according to a newly issued press release - they are on the way.
In a very basic analogy, Hearthstone takes the traditional card-gaming franchise (think Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering) and turns it digital, incorporating various features for every skill level, upgrades, levels, online play and more. As the player you're offered a variety of different game modes including ranked matches, deck building, vs. A.I play and 1v1 friend duels.
The Sony hacking scandal continues, with most US theaters pulling the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy from screening when it launches next week. Now, US officials are reportedly set to blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack, after identifying the rogue country as the point of origin.
The US government has said that North Korea was "centrally involved" even though the attack may have been launched from another origin. There's no exact word on what we should expect the US government to add here, but it's going to get very interesting. One thought: if North Korea is a backwards as the world thinks it is, this is a damn huge job for them to pull off on their own. Hacking one of the biggest companies in the world, leaving various three-letter authorities completely baffled on who did it for a while there.
All of this just makes me want to see the movie more, what about you?
NVIDIA has released a new beta driver in the form of the GeForce 347.09, with the company releasing it as a "Game Ready" driver for two big releases this week: Elite: Dangerous and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
The former, Elite: Dangerous, is worth noting as it's the first time the company has released a new driver the concentrates on a crowdfunded game like this. Elite: Dangerous isn't some massive AAA title like Call of Duty or Battlefield, but to the fans, it is. It's great to see NVIDIA releasing a driver ready for Elite: Dangerous. MGS V: Ground Zeroes on the other hand, we have full support for it with NVIDIA explaining "ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous."
NVIDIA has also provided an application profile for Project CARS, as well as some new 3D Vision and 3D Compatibility Modes for various games, including Alien: Isolation, Far Cry 4 and Elite: Dangerous. If you want to download the new NVIDIA GeForce 347.09 Beta drivers, grab them right here.
It's no secret that Paramount Pictures desperately want to get a third 'Star Trek' film into theaters in 2016, to mark the 50th anniversary of the much loved franchise. When 'Star Trek' and 'Into Darkness' director JJ Abrams jumped ship to that other science fiction series, the studio turned to writer Roberto Orci to direct the third picture before he jumped too.
Now, according to a report from BadAssDigest, perhaps we know why. With the success of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' exceeding expectations earlier this year, grossing nearly $800 million worldwide at the box office, Paramount have looked over at Disney with jealous eyes, and have wondered 'why can't Trek be more like Guardians'?
'Star Trek 3' is undoubtedly coming at some point, but whether it moves back to a more cerebral and traditional science fiction, or a glitzy and fashionable take is anyone's guess.
If you thought the massive 6.7GB patch for Assassin's Creed: Unity was too much, have a little sympathy for Xbox One owners, where some of them are having to download an insane 40GB.
The reason, according to Ubisoft is an "issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch." Ubisoft is now "working with Microsoft on a solution to reduce the total download to the intended size so that you can get back into the game faster." The developer doesn't have an ETA for when the patch will be patched, but there is a workaround.
Ubisoft recommends uninstalling, and then re-installing AC:U for the Xbox One, which will then reportedly revert back to its correct 6.7GB download.
There should be plenty of new drone fliers in the new year, as drone sales are reportedly soaring ahead of Christmas. Amazon is selling more than 10,000 drones per month alone, according to industry officials, as interest increases while prices continue to fall.
"It's out of control," said Patric Egan, editor at UASNEWS.com. "I was at the grocery store and you can buy a drone. Everybody's selling them now. It's going to get weird."
However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said there have been more than 40 drone safety incidents per month, and that number will only increase as novice operators take their shiny new toys to the sky. The FAA instructs hobbyists to fly drones only by line of sight, and not to use video image tools, but it's not difficult to find video equipment available for sale online. Drone owners can also purchase long-range radio links, another feature that should only be utilized by experienced drone operators.
If you like your Christmas tunes a little bit.. shall we say 'non traditional', then we have just the treat for you. Legendary British actor Christopher Lee, who will be known to younger audiences as Count Dooku in 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones' and Saruman in the 'Lord of the Rings' has at the age of 92, just released his third heavy metal Christmas song 'Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing' for your listening pleasure.
The song has been released on Lee's own music label Charlemagne Productions Ltd and comes on the heels of previous releases 'A Heavy Metal Christmas' and 'A Heavy Metal Christmas Too'.