Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ, is planning to step down as the lead designer of the game. He has explained his desire to leave Bohemia Interactive, something he will do before the end of the year, after which he will set up a new studio in New Zealand.
Hall said: "I have a specific use. I'm really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I've always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I've got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it. Eventually, that's the bad person to have. Eventually, you don't want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I'll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role".
The DayZ creator said that he had no plans to be around this year, but claimed "it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community". Don't fret though, as Hall will "always be involved" with DayZ, in either a leader or creative role. Hall said that DayZ is a "fundamentally flawed" concept, and that it is "not the perfect game, it's not the multiplayer experience, and it never can be, [with] the absolute spark that I want in it".
One of the things that bummed out some Xbox One gamers at launch was the fact that the Twitch live broadcasting service for games wasn't available. All the Xbox One gamer could do was record and upload videos. Gamers on the PS4 console were able to stream their live games.
The good news is that Twitch live game streaming will be coming to the Xbox One game console next month. The feature will come along with an update to the console in March. The update will bring with it in addition to live streaming of games the ability to start game broadcasts using your voice, the ability to archive game clips, and the ability to watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device.
That means you can watch PS4 game streams on your Xbox One. Right now, the Xbox One user can only spectate on streams or record game clips using the Upload app. Players will also be able to broadcast from their living room using the Kinect camera. The update should land on March 11 along with Titanfall.
Last year, more than 2,300 gamers attended the first GaymerX gaming conference which was held in San Francisco, and this year the LGBTQ gaming event is back and better than ever. The event will be held at the San Francisco InterContinental hotel on July 11th, 12th, and 13th, with tickets selling now for $59 and $69 via the conference's crowdfunding campaign which is currently live on Kickstarter.
Highlights of the event will obviously be gaming related, but there will also be wedding between two "Gaymers" who got engaged at last years event. There will also be panels at the event, with EA Games hosting the largest, as well as other talks and panels from GBTQ leaders, including folks from Geeks Out, MidBoss Games, and GayGamer.net. The event does have an 18+ age restriction though and the organizers say that this is due to legal reasons around insurance, but does not mean in any way that the conference is NSFW. To buy your badges or to find out other ways to contribute, head over to the Kickstarter source link below.
San Diego based Astute Networks released an update to their ViSX family of performance storage appliances, the ViSX G4 OS version 5. This latest release is an all solid state flash performance appliance that Astute claims is the industry's lowest cost-per-GB with the highest IOPS per dollar solution in the market. It is available in capacities up to 45.6TB in a 2U platform, with add-on flash modules available in sizes up to 1900GB.
Astute adds to their iSCSI offering the additional support for NFS (v2, v3, and v4). Designed for both virtual and physical infrastructure, ViSX is compatible with 1GbE or 10GbE infrastructure and does not require a forklift install. According to Deni Connor, founder and senior analyst, SSG-NOW. "Astute's Networked Flash appliance removes all storage and network I/O constraints to dramatically accelerate virtual machine and application performance - while co-existing with an organizations existing infrastructure."
The Astute Network appliances aim to speed performance for intense enterprise application workloads. Astute claims 5 to 10 times performance boost for enterprise applications such as VDI, SQL Server, MySQl, Oracle, and Sharepoint. With their latest release of ViSX, they also provide solutions for cloud service providers with support for OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.
MWC 2014 - HTC didn't do much to impress at Mobile World Congress 2014, but maybe for good reason: the company has teased that it has an event coming on March 25. We should expect the Taiwanese smartphone maker to reveal its successor to the HTC One.
Peter Chou, company CEO, teased MWC 2014 attendees by reminding them that there's an upcoming event toward the end of March. During MWC 2014, we saw HTC unveil the Desire 816 and Desire 610. The Desire 816 featuring a 5.5-inch display while the 610 featured a 4.7-inch screen. The March 25 event should hopefully see the HTC Two unveiled, or possibly the HTC One Two... now wouldn't that be quite the name?
Chinese smartphone and electronics maker Hisense is known for making things like smartphones, tablets, and TVs among other things. The company is at MWC 2014 and has unveiled an interesting smartphone with a massive screen.
The 6.8-inch screen definitely puts the Maxe X1 smartphone into the phablet realm. In fact, the screen is so large that Hisense ships it with an NFC enabled Bluetooth mini phone that weighs 20 grams. That mini phone can be used to answer and end calls.
It can also be used to send and receive SMS messages and can be used as a swiped bus or subway pass. The phone has full HD resolution on the big screen. It runs a Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3 GHz. The OS is Android 4.4 KitKat with a custom UI over the top.
Coinciding with today's launch of the highly anticipated game, THIEF, AMD has released version 14.2 of its Catalyst video drivers. THIEF is an exclusive partner of the AMD Gaming Evolved program and was built with AMD graphics in mind. AMD says that when using AMD Graphics, THIEF players have 4K support, Eyefinity support, and Crossfire support right out of the box. Thief will run on DirectX 11 in the beginning, but AMD says that Mantle support is coming later next month.
So what exactly does the 14.2 Catalyst update bring to the table? The new beta drivers fix hangs and stuttering when using Mantle in Battlefield 4, and users are encouraged to try out the mGPU setting. Multi GPU frame pacing in Battlefield 4 is now enabled for non-XDMA setups with resolutions greater than 1600p. The update also brings back the features 14.1 killed in Minecraft. Finally cossfire profiles have been updated and performance improvements for single GPU configurations for THIEF. Head over to the source link below to download your copy of the drivers today.
Samsung and PayPal have announced that they have teamed up to allow users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 announced this week to make more use of that fingerprint scanner the smartphone offers. PayPal will allow the S5 user to use the fingerprint scanner to login and shop at any merchant that takes PayPal.
That includes online and in-stores that accept PayPal. The use of the fingerprint scanner means that the user won't need to memorize a password or login info for multiple websites. PayPal says that is provides a secure wallet in the sky and no personal details are stored on the device.
The S5 has FIDO Ready software that can communicate securely between the fingerprint sensor on the device and the PayPal service in the cloud. The only information shared between the device and PayPal is a unique encrypted key that verifies the user's identity. The fingerprint authentication service will launch on the Galaxy S5 in April and will be offered in 26 markets.
Enterprise hardware company Barracuda Networks announced the Barracuda NG Firewall is available using the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform. Microsoft is increasingly partnering with hardware and software companies looking to support Azure, as many major enterprises and companies use the popular cloud service.
"Customers are increasingly looking to move their applications to the cloud, and Windows Azure provides a robust cloud infrastructure platform for them to do so," said Yossi Dahan, Solidsoft Principle Consultant, in a press statement. "The Barracuda Web Application Firewall and Barracuda NG Firewall solutions provide complementary application security and secure remote access capabilities that augment Windows Azure."
The Barracuda NG Firewall provides remote sessions that are secure - and includes streamlined management capabilities.
There are alls sorts of gadgets and accessories that go along with the iPhone and iPad. You can find an accessory for just about anything you might need. If you are one of the many who have hearing loss, you can even get a made for iPhone hearing aid now.
That hearing aid is the ReSound LiNX and it is now available to purchase. It is also offered as the Beltone First with the same exact features. The LiNX uses an app that runs on the iPhone or iPad and allows the user direct control lover the hearing aid and its settings.
Users can control the treble and bass settings as well as the volume from that app. One of the coolest features is that the app supports geotagging. With geotagging, you can choose settings that are specific to certain locations and they will change automatically when you get to that location.