Today DICE announced that they have just unveiled a new Top Issue Tracking page for Battlefield 4. The issue tracker is designed to display the top issues that are being reported in Battlefield 4 by gamers across all platforms. DICE says that the tracking system is the same as it use internally and that this is just a way to display the top issues to its customers.
DICE says that the list is not comprehensive and only list the major top issues that are being experienced by gamers. Users can check the list to see of a bug they have been experiencing is listed, and see what its status is on each of the consoles or PC. Battlefield 4 is in my opinion the best shooter ever made, and this new list shows just how dedicated DICE is to keeping it that way!
Today Samsung announced that it has surpassed a major sales milestone with its Galaxy Note 3. Samsung says that channel sales of the Galaxy Note 3 have rocketed past 10 million unit sales in under the two months that it has been available for sale to the public.
The Note 3's predecessor, the Note 2 took over 120 days to reach 10 million units sold, and is just ten days longer than the 50 day total it took to sell 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones. With phablets like the Galaxy Note 3 growing in popularity almost as fast as the Samsung Galaxy series itself, I am willing to bet that the next generation of phables that we see in 2014 will sell even faster.
If you have ever ready any of my articles here at TweakTown that involve multimedia streaming, you know that I regard Plex as the best media streaming server and app combo out on the market today. You can imagine my excitement when Google announced this morning that Plex has finally made its way onto the Chromecast along with ten other third-party apps.
"I'm happy to tell you that over the last few months, we've been working closely with Google to bring Plex to the Chromecast," said founder Elan Feingold. "It's an honor for us to be among the first handful of apps on the device, and it's been great working with Google - we've never met a smarter or more energetic group of people to work with."
For those of us with substantial libraries being served up by Plex, this news is great, and the the addition of other apps such as Songza, Red Bull.TV, Revision 3, and Avia make Chromecast an even more affordable streaming device for anyone. With today's additions, Google has shown that it fully intends to support Chromecast well into the future, and now lets hope to see a Spotify, Vimeo, Amazon Instant, and Redbox Instant join the party soon.
Today Futuremark announced the release of an update to its 3DMark benchmarking software for Windows. The update adds in support for Ice Storm Unlimited testing which will allow users to compare scores from mobile devices with their PC. The update also integrates the GPU-Z library which improves hardware detection and restores clock speed and temperature monitoring during testing.
With the integration of Ice Storm Unlimited, I am curious to see how some of the new Surface Pro 2 tablets and convertibles stack up against some of the desktop CPUs with integrated GPUs. With mobile connectivity and productivity becoming a bigger necessity with every passing day, the ability to run powerful apps such as those in Adobe's Creative Cloud, or even AutoDesk programs is more important than ever. With a benchmark that can compare mobile devices to desktop's figuring our what works with what just got easier.
When it comes to online entities, there are few who change domain names as often as ThePirateBay, and this morning we are learning that the infamous BitTorrent tracking site has moved yet again. After Caribbean authorities were bullied into to seizing the .sx domain name TPB had used over the last six months, the pirates have moved to Ascension Island and now lay claim to thepiratebay.ac.
Unfortunately the website will not have much time to rest in its stay on Ascension, as the pirates are planning a more permanent stay in Peru and its .pe top level domain. If Peruvian authorities choose to let the RIAA and MPAA bully them into seizure as well, then TPB officials say that they have dozens of TLD's that they can move to at any time.
If some results on Browsermark are anything to go by, and they usually are, it looks like an early build of the Galaxy S5 has just been spotted. It turned up on Browsermark in position 3, to only be beaten by Apple's iPhone 5S, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.
But, there is one big difference: the device that is now number 3 on Browsermark, is the Samsung SM-G900F, which was running Chrome 28. Chrome 28 is four months old, so if it were running the latest Chrome 31, we might have a new speed champion with the Galaxy S5. We shouldn't expect anything less from the Galaxy S5, which should be unveiled in the first few months of the new year.
How long has it taken Facebook to get to this position? I don't understand how hard it is for the tens of thousands of coders, designers and employees at the world's largest social network to not have implemented a 'dislike' or what its rumored to be called, 'sympathize' button onto Facebook.
The Telegraph is reporting that Facebook is working on a 'sympathize' button that would be used to 'dislike' or not 'like' a post. The new sympathize button is thanks to a recent hackathon event, and will be tied to emotions tagged within updates to indicate your 'dislike' in the post, so it might not roll out in the way we think it will. Time will tell.
When I reviewed LG's G2 smartphone, I fell in love with it - it is one of the best Android smartphones on the market, without a doubt. But, the South Korean giant hasn't seen that much success in it, with it selling below its expectations.
Up until now, LG has sold just 2.3 million units of its G2 smartphone, with an expectation of selling over 3 million units in the third quarter of this year alone. Not every company can be Samsung or Apple, maybe LG's expectations on the G2 smartphone were too high? What do you think?
If there's a studio that can pump out some quality digital art, it's Remedy. The developer is responsible for some truly magical games, such as Max Payne and Alan Wake, and is back with another game: Quantum Break.
Max Payne himself, or the guy Remedy used to model him from, Sam Lake, Creative Director of the game, explains Quantum Break in the video above. The world of Quantum Break is all about time, and how it is broken, which introduce isolated anomalies, freezing time in place. It looks interesting to say the least, and I can't wait to see more of it.
Something that hasn't been updated for quite sometime was our System Builders Guide, but over the next couple of weeks, we're going to revamp all three of our systems. Today, we've started with our ~$1000 'Sub-lieutenant' PC.
We've decided to add an SSD in by default (which will be featured in all of our PCs), a better CPU, GPU, 16GB of RAM, and much more. This is the first edit we'll do, and we'll continue to keep them more up-to-date going into the future. If you have any suggestions, do let us know, and we'll get them baked into the system specs!