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EA source says it dropped Nintendo after it released the Wii U

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 23, 2014 12:39 am

CVG has spoken with an EA source who is giving out quite the damning report, that "Nintendo was dead to us very quickly" after it had released its Wii U console.




The same source said that EA felt that the Wii U was becoming a console for kids IP, and that the studio wasn't willing to bring future core titles to the platform. The EA source stated: "Nintendo was dead to us very quickly. It became a kids IP platform and we don't really make games for kids. That was pretty true across the other labels too. Even the Mass Effect title on Wii U, which was a solid effort, could never do big business, and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises".

AMD releases new Piledriver 12 and 16 core server CPUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 23, 2014 12:10 am

Today AMD announced the launch of its new 12-core and 16-core Opteron 6300 series server processors. The CPU's code named Warsaw have been highly anticipated over the last few months and now that they are here, AMD says that they have been designed with heavy emphasis on Virtualization deployments.




The new 12-core 633P processor features a Piledriver-based 12-core CPU that is clocked at 2.3GHz, and peaks at 2.8GHz during heavy loads. The 16-core 6370P is also Piledriver based and comes clocked at a base frequency of 2.0GHz and when needed can boost to 2.5GHz. Both CPUs are fully compatible with all hardware running existing 6300 series chips, and have a TDP of 99 Watts.

Fox Sports to stream Super Bowl live on internet for free

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 11:43 pm

For the first time, Fox Sports will stream the Super Bowl via its web-based and mobile video streaming service, Fox Sports Go, for free. Fox says that it will use the Super Bowl to showcase its Fox Sports Go service via a free one day pass to anyone who signs up for a free account.




The free day of access will last from 12 A.M eastern on Feb. 2nd until 3 A.M on Feb. 3rd. The entire Super Bowl event will be streamed live including the Pre-Game Show, Super Bowl, Half Time Show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as the post-game activities. Unfortunately the game will not be streamed to smartphones as Verizon and the NFL have an exclusive agreement for mobile streaming.

SteamOS beta updated to now support older PCs and dual booting

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:53 pm

When Valve first launched SteamOS late last year, many enthusiast in the community were a bit annoyed that the operating system required a fairly modern motherboard that supported UEFI BIOS. Additionally the ability to dual boot was not present as well and that too rubbed some people the wrong way.




Today Valve released an update to SteamOS Beta that now allows the operating system to run on motherboards that ate not UEFI-based and the ability to dual boot has been restored. However, Valve says that Dual Booting setup will take place in "Expert Mode," and that very little testing has been done with dual booting. So keep that in mind and back up any important files on the hard drive you will be using.

3D printed gun creator inks book deal, talks controversial activity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 8:25 pm

Cody Wilson, the person responsible for releasing the first fully 3D printable gun blueprint in 2013, has signed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster. Wilson approached several book publishers about Negative Liberty, the working title of the book, though some publishers felt he was trying to circumvent gun laws.




"The whole point to me is to add to the hacker mythology and to have a very, very accurate and contentious portrayal of what we think about the current political situation, our attitude and political orientation, a lasting remark," Wilson recently noted. "It won't be a manifesto. But culturally I hope to leave a couple of zingers... a touchstone for the young, disaffected radical towards his own political and social development, that kind of thing."


The 3D printable gun blueprint quickly racked up more than 100,000 downloads in just two days, and captured mainstream media attention. Suddenly, 3D printing technology, which is still in its relative infancy, caused a major debate about legality and ethics related to 3D printing.

Snow blower causes $450,000 in damage to Manhattan Apple Store

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 8:08 pm

Snow blowers, lawn mowers, and kids playing stick ball are the cause of thousands of window breaks every year, but a recent incident in New York City may be one of the most expensive rock through window accidents in history. During a recent routine snow removal pass by Manhattan's posh $6.7 million Apple Store, a rock was sent flying through the air, striking one of the stores massive panes of glass.




Apple says that the store will stay open despite the damage and I don't see why not as no one appears to be in danger as the glass looks to be coated with safety coatings preventing the glass shards from collapsing. Unfortunately for Apple, the single pane of glass is going to cost a whopping $450,000 to replace, which puts it at one of the most expensive window pane replacements in history.

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Syrian Electronic Army victimizes Microsoft yet again

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 6:34 pm

Just a few hours after Microsoft introduced a revamped Office blog, the Syrian Electronic Army victimized the software company by hacking and defacing the site. A few of the blog posts featured "hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army" byline instead of the original blog titles - with the group confirming the hack via its Twitter account.




No customer information was compromised in the attack, and the blogs were quickly restored back to normal.


The Syrian Electronic Army has enjoyed targeting Microsoft, and previously accessed a "small number" of Microsoft employee e-mail accounts. SEA also sent the following Tweet from Microsoft's official Skype account: "Don't use Microsoft emails (Hotmail, Outlook), they are monitoring your accounts and selling data to the governments. More details soon."


Expect SEA to target Microsoft in future hacks, as the group continues to target Microsoft, The New York Times, Associated Press, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and other major news media outlets. The group typically uses phishing tactics to gain access into Twitter and other social media platforms, which continue to prove successful.

Facebook tweaks news feed algorithm to push more link post your way

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 6:15 pm

This morning Facebook announced that it has made changes to the algorithm that is used to determine which content to display on your news feed. The tweaks are designed to show users less text only post from pages they like but will increase the number of link-based and photo-based updates users see from their favorite pages.




Facebook says that while this will decrease engagement on page updates that are just plain text, pages that frequently share links, videos and images will see an boost in engagement. Facebook admits that it is quite hard to judge what its users really want to see more of on their news feed, but it added that "In general, we recommend that you use the story type that best fits the message that you want to tell - whether that's a status, photo, link or video."

Ford partners with universities to develop autonomous car research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 5:18 pm

Automaker Ford will team up with researchers from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), hoping to overcome the "technical challenges" currently facing autonomous vehicles.




"To deliver on our vision for the future of mobility, we need to work with many new partners across the public and private sectors, and we need to start today," said Paul Mascarenas, Ford Chief Technical Officer, in a statement. "Working with university partners like MIT and Stanford enables us to address some of the longer-term challenges surrounding automated driving while exploring more near-term solutions for delivering an even safer and more efficient driving experience."


Automated driving research is a major initiative among auto manufacturers, and partnering with two of the top universities in the country will help Ford. Specifically, the company will work with Stanford to develop sensor able to accurately see around obstacles, in an effort to try and develop a vehicle with "common sense."


During CES 2014, autonomous vehicles continued to receive a warm welcome from attendees, as each year autonomous technologies are spotlighted.

OCZ Storage Solutions unveils new Vertex 460 SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 4:38 pm

Just one day operating under its new name, OCZ Storage Solutions has released its first new SSD of 2014. The Vertex 460 SATA III series of SSDs is a client level SSD designed to meet the needs of consumers looking for solid state storage. The Vertex 460 is an evolved designed based off the Vertex 450, but features new Toshiba-based 19nm MLC NAND Flash as well as OCZ's in-house Barefoot 3 M10 controller.




OCZ says that the Vertex 460 will be fast out of the gate and remain so throughout its life without the use of "synthetic software-based optimization." The new SSD series offers up sequential read speeds of up to 545MB/s with sequential writes hitting 525MB/s. 95,000 4K random read IOPS, and up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS are achieved, while featuring sustained 4K random write performance up to 23,000 IOPS.


The real gem here is the use of OCZ's Barefoot 3 M10 controller which now features AES-256-bit encryption, and a power-optimized clock that is designed for the consumer market and does not compromise performance for efficiency. The Vertex 460 line is rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day and includes a three-year warranty. Available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB, each Vertex 460 SSD includes a 3.5-inch desktop adapter, as well as a copy of Acronis True Image software to make cloning your data over quite easy.

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