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Valve's local game streaming feature will soon enter beta testing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 9:43 am

According to the official In-Home Streaming group on Steam, a beta test of the feature is "coming soon". Gamers who are interested in testing out this new feature can join the group, which will put them into the pool of users Valve will choose in the near future.

 

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Local game streaming might not sound like much, but it is a key part of SteamOS, as it streams games from your Steam-enabled PC. Valve wants PCs that are powerful enough to host game sessions, which is what this beta testing will most likely involve. There's currently no hardware requirements, but the Half-Life developer has said: "There is a huge variety in home hardware and network configurations, and we would like your help in learning about what works best."

 

One of the bigger factors of local game streaming, and its beta testing, will be networking performance. Wired Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) will obviously be the best way of doing things, but Wi-Fi networks are getting mighty impressive. You can be sure we'll be doing a bunch of testing on SteamOS over GbE and Wi-Fi when we get our hands on the OS.

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $290 million in patent infringement case

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 8:36 am

A federal judge has awarded Apple with $290 million in patent damages from Samsung, which gives Apple a total of over $900 million that will be sucked out of Samsung's bank accounts.

 

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The patent case saw a six-woman, two-man jury hearing the case last week, where Apple claimed Samsung copied its technologies from the iPad and iPhone. Apple argued that Samsung owed them nearly $380 million in damages from lost profits, and from profits Samsung enjoyed while selling the devices that were infringing on Apple's patents, as well as royalties.

 

Samsung didn't stand there defenseless, so it bit back, claiming that Apple inflated the value of their patents. The South Korean giant also reiterated the important of consumer choice, concluding that damages should not exceed $52 million. The jury ended up deciding that Samsung was indeed guilty of patent infringement on 13 smartphones and tablets, including features like pinch-to-zoom, and bounce back.

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The Pentagon wants lasers on its fighter jets, pew pew, pew

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:35 am

It looks like The Pentagon wants to have total and utter air superiority (because, you know, the US doesn't already have some of the best military technology known to man) by adding high-powered lasers to its fleet of fighter jets.

 

 

The US Air Force has put in a request for information document with the Federal Business Opportunities website, which points to the Department of Defense being interested in getting its hands on weaponry that would be used on next-gen aircraft, years down the road in anti-access and area denial, or A2/AD, environments in order to safeguard particular interests.

 

The request states: "The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is requesting information describing concepts for airborne laser systems for future air dominance platforms. The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+ highly contested Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environment."

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LSI reveals Nytro XP 6000 Nytro 7000 Series - Exclusive 7000 coverage

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:30 am

It isn't often that we travel to trades shows and find unannounced products hiding in plain sight. At AIS, however, this has become a trend with the Nytro products. Our own Chris Ramseyer spotted the original Nytro MegaRAID, and with no publicly available name he affectionately dubbed it the "WarpCache".

Fast forward a few years and the Nytro case still holds a few surprises. Instead of creating a name for the new drives, we will hand it off to Tony Afshary, the Director of Marketing at LSI.

 

 

While Tony doesn't provide us with performance specifications, he does reveal that these new Nytro products implement a DRAM caching layer into the solution. This satisfies the need for ultra-low latency performance in bleeding edge applications. Adding another layer of caching to the mix provides enhanced performance, but also introduces numerous challenges we will cover in another article when we go in-depth with each of the three new Nytro 7000 Series products.

 

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Xbox One users can't use optical headsets till post launch update

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 5:59 am

The optical output for the Xbox One will only play stereo through headsets at launch. Albert Panello Microsoft Director of product planning comments in a NeoGAF thread that full Dolby Digital support will be available post launch. Although Panello does not specify any sort of release date for the update. Unfortunately users that are accustomed to using Turtle Beach, Tritton, or any other expensive headset will have to deal with having stereo for the time being.

 

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Microsoft Director of Product Planning Albert Panello in a NeoGAF thread: "Dolby Digital is coming post launch. This was a SW scheduling issue pure and simple, and I know people are disappointed, but we will have it. Anyone with an HDMI receiver should be fine, as we pass the uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 through HDMI as well as DTS. Even if you have a Dolby only HDMI receiver, you will still get 5.1 or 7.1 sound since those receivers should accept uncompressed surround. For the Dolby only headsets, my understanding is that these will work but you will only get stereo audio since we only pass Stereo and DTS through the optical port. I have not tested this myself, but I'm told it works. Regardless, I understand this is an inconvenience, but again we're going to have Dolby coming."

Intel wants to see 5x CPU, 15x GPU performance in Atom by 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 5:29 am

Intel may dominate the CPU industry, but it doesn't do too well in the system on a chip (SoC) market, especially against the likes of companies like Qualcomm. Well, it looks like Intel is not just going to roll over and give up, if its new Atom SoC roadmap is anything to go by.

 

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Intel is hoping to increase CPU performance by 5x, and GPU performance by a whopping 15x, all before 2016. The current Bay Trail-based Atom SoC will be replaced in late 2014 by the 14-nm based "Cherry Trail" silicon which will feature "Airmont" GPU and next-gen Intel graphics. At the start of next year, we should begin to see smartphone-bound, dual-core "Merrifield" Atom chips, with a quad-core version arriving in 2H 2014.

 

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In late 2014, Intel will unleash its new Atom SoC, codenamed "Sofia", which is made for entry-level devices. There will be two variants, one released in 2014 which will feature an integrated HSPA+ communications chip, while the second model, to be released in 2015, will feature LTE capabilities. Funnily enough, at first, these communications chips will be ARM-based, but will eventually be converted to x86 architecture.

Google Play Store launching its "Designed for tablets" section today

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 4:50 am

Google Play will be introducing their new tablet section in the Google Play store today. Users will now see a "Designed for tablets" area for your apps. Other apps will be under the "Designed for phones" section, tablet users will still be able to download these.

 

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Developers will be optimizing apps and games just for use on tablets so you can get a better overall experience. Tablet users can set up their tablets much better and not have blown-up phone apps. App developers will need to check and see if their apps work against a tablet optimization checklist and fix them accordingly.

We could see Gran Turismo 7 next year, under 'best-case scenario'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 4:29 am

Gran Turismo 6 isn't even here yet, but there's already talk of Gran Turismo 7 - you weren't surprised, were you? - with Polyphony Digital teasing, but stating that they won't take forever.

 

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GT creator, Kazunori Yamauchi told Top Gear: "We don't want to take too long on Gran Turismo 7. Best-case scenario? Next year. In GT6 we really had to tune the software 100 per cent to maximise the PS3's architecture, but of course the PS4's hardware is much better, so I think the overall quality of the game across the board will be boosted when you come to play it."

 

If we do indeed see GT7 released this close to GT6, I think we'll see it as a PS4 exclusive. If there was a game that would sell PS4 consoles, it would definitely be a next-gen Gran Turismo game. Our own Chris Ramseyer will be excited to hear this news, I can almost hear his wallet screaming now.

RumorTT: Telltale Games is working on a Game of Thrones game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 3:32 am

Telltale Games' The Walking Dead has been quite popular, but now it is rumored that the developer is working on a game based around Game of Thrones. The news is coming from an IGN report that cites multiple unnamed sources.

 

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We don't know if the rumored game would be based on George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels, or the huge hit on HBO. During a recent Reddit Q&A, Telltale Games' co-founder, Dan Connors, said that the developer is "working on a few licenses that definitely fall into our dream IP scenario and we can't wait to announce those."

1Sheeld will replace 90-percent of your Arduino shields

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 1:36 am

It's no secret that I love development boards, and that I also love backing awesome projects I find on Kickstarter. Today I had the pleasure of being introduced to something that combines both of those things along side my philosophy of empowering everyone to become a maker.

 

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Early this morning a friend reminded me of a project I have briefly heard of a few weeks back. The 1Sheeld project was now on Kickstarter and it was already past its funding goal of $10,000 in just a few hours. The 1Sheeld is an ad-on board (or shield) for Arduino that allows you to connect your Android smartphone and access many different shields that have been recreated in digital form.

 

Not only that, but 1Sheeld is able access your phones hardware and sensors such as the LCD Screen, Gyroscope, Switches, LEDs, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, GSM, Wi-Fi, GPS. This allows anyone with an Android phone, an Arduino, and a $50 1Sheeld to prototype and develop with a full range of hardware, without investing hundreds into physical shields.

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