Are we still saying things are "28 days later"? Is that even a topical reference anymore?
Regardless, IGN's Brian Altano, Arthur Gies and Nick Kolan put together a nifty info-graphic to explain some stuff about what over 1,000,000 users have been up to in the land of Telara since Rift's launch 28 days ago. Whether it's dealing more damage than healing, looting 44 billion total in coins, or just collecting over 9 million souls, Rift users have been making the most out of the first MMORG in a long time that has had the balls to compete with World of Warcraft. If you're not convinced, see their advertising tagline:
We're not in Azeroth anymore.
The University of South Australia brings us quite a nifty gadget / design tool as part of their Wearable Computer Laboratory. In a paper and accompanying video published by Ewald T. A. Maas, Michael R. Marner, Ross T. Smith, and Bruce H. Thomas, they introduce "Quimo", a free form spatial Augmented Reality interface. Short for "quick mock-up", the substance is a white malleable material that the user can sculpt and reform to their heart's content, all with their bare hands. It retains its shape once you sculpt it and doesn't harden later, so you can always go back and sculpt different things. It's like Play-Doh for Augmented Reality.
NVIDIA has agreed to make their SLI technology available for AMD 9-series chipset boards supporting Zambezi processors based on the Bulldozer architecture. Only the 990FX and 990X will be supported, so 7 and 8-series board owners are kicked to the curb unfortunately.
AMD 990FX will support 2 x PCIe x16 slots or 4 x PCIe x8 slots, being capable of 2-way (dual x16) or 3-way (tri x8) while 990X is only capable of 2-way (dual x8). At the moment there is no news of the AMD 970 being capable of SLI.
The AMD 9-series is expected to launch in May.
Yes Americans, we know it's not the best name for a device. Sure looks like a dongle though, right?
The British mobile provider Three announced a new and improved version of their broadband dongle, the Huawei E367. The dongle should be available in stores (wherever Three is accessible) starting next week, and boasts 40% faster browsing speeds.
David Kerrigan, Three's head of mobile broadband, reportedly touted the new device's capability:
Huawei has done a great job delivering this superior dongle, in both form and function. Whether browsing the internet, downloading files or streaming video, this dongle delivers an even better internet experience on our 3G network, which is built for mobile internet.
The dongle will be available for £69.99 on PAYG with 1GB pre-loaded, £49.99 on a 1GB, or a 30-day rolling contract and £15.99 per month with 5GB per month. Existing customers will be able to upgrade to the new dongle for £59.99. The price is waived for new customers if they sign up for the 15GB monthly package on a two year contract for £18.03 per month. As an American, I feel slightly peeved at the discrepancy between broadband here and in England. I mean, we won the war, right? Doesn't that mean we should have monthly broadband deals for 15gb a month for $20? You can barely get more than 2gb a month without paying absurd prices and usage fees.
Economy passengers flying internationally with Qantas are now able to select where they want to sit when they purchase their tickets online, this comes as an additional $20 cost.
Sophia Connelly, a spokesperson for Qantas has said:
We've had [seat selection] for a while and widened it to include all our customers
Facebook now has 250 million mobile users per month - if I had a penny for everyone of those users...
If we jump into the DeLorean and set the clock back to February 2010, Facebook was proud to let the world know that they had 100 million mobile users per month. Fast forward to today and Facebook are now proudly boasting they have 250 million mobile users per month, with this news Facebook are listening to their users and instead of having two dedicated mobile Facebook sites (touch.facebook.com and m.facebook.com) they will be merging into the one site.
Generally Android and iPhone users are directed to touch.facebook.com while most other users are directed to m.facebook.com, now that the sites are merging there are going to be people that are worried they'll get a restricted or downgraded Facebook experience. Fear not! Facebook Head of Mobile Products, Erick Tseng explains that up until now having two versions of Facebook's mobile website led to issues.
A new disc format is being beta tested by Microsoft in a new dashboard upgrade that is set to increase the storage of an Xbox 360 game disc by 1GB. Currently the maximum available space allocated to game data on the current disc format is 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual-layer DVD , iwth over 1GB dedicated to a DVD-Video partition that also contained anti-piracy security sectors.
Beta testers of the new dashboard upgrade get a free copy of Halo: Reach once they are accepted into the new preview programme. This is most likely not just a free gift, but the disc probably uses the new format.
Valve have been very quiet about any future Half Life titles, with Half Life 2: Episode 3 eventually coming out or possibly skipping it and going directly to Half Life 3. But, Valve Software's Doug Lambardi has said that the team at Valve are not done with the Half Life world or Gordon Freeman.
You will ever see it, yes. We are not done with Gordon Freeman's adventures. I have nothing other than that to tell you today, but hang in there with us.
There we have it, confirmation from Valve that there is something to look forward to with the Half Life series - when we get it will be the biggest question. I personally think Valve are working on Source 2.0 and will unveil this with Half Life 3.
Rockstar have just listed the lid on some Max Payne 3 images... they're not in-game shots but at least it's something. The first shot shows Max as though he's running along near a window and shooting his pistol with the second shot being a glamor shot with guns akimbo.
Whatever the hell these shots mean, I can't wait - as a huge fan of the original titles, I'm thoroughly excited for this one. Looking forward to getting my slow-mo on!
The "internet of things" just got one step closer to the "internet of people" with Google telling CNN Technology today that they are in the process of developing a Mobile App with which users can snap photos of people to learn about their personal information.
Whoops. Hello, privacy advocates? Not much to talk about recently? Boom.
The director of the project, Harmut Neven, founder of Neven Vision, a facial recognition company acquired by Google in 2006, claims that Google has this technology for a very long time- it's evidently wading through the privacy concerns that has held it back. No surprise there. The app will most likely be an extension of the already available "Goggles" feature on the Google Mobile App which utilizes object recognition to search "things" int he real world online.
Facial recognition is however nothing new to the Tech World- Nintendo features a facial recognition video game called Face Raiders for their handheld Nintendo 3DS, and Apple recently acquired a facial recognition software company called Polar Rose. Viewdle, another facial recognition and social media company, is funded by giants like Research in Motion and Qualcomm.