Alien: Isolation is one of the scariest, most atmospheric games ever made... so why not make it even harder? That must be the exact train of thought that Creative Assembly, the developer of the game, is on, as they've just announced two new difficulty modes for the game. Novice, and Nightmare.
Novice will slide in before Easy, Normal and Hard modes, but it's the Nightmare mode that has people excited. Creative Assembly promises that the new Nightmare mode provides the "ultimate alien". Nightmare cranks up the scares by making your motion tracker not-so-perfect, as its signal can be kinda on the fritz half the time. Other tweaks inside of the Nightmare mode for Alien: Isolation include faster-burning fuel for your flamethrower that is also harder to find.
The Novice mode for the game provides a slower, less adaptive and not-so-clicked-on Xenomorph, which can be good for gamers who don't want to be replacing their pants every 15 minutes. The combat in Alien: Isolation is also dialled down a notch on Novice, making it easier to play through the game in general.
Razer has just announced their launch of a Stream Viewer through their VoIP messenger program named 'Comms'. The press release issued explains this new advancements purpose is to "seamlessly integrates popular streaming providers such as Twitch, the world's leading video platform and community for gamers, to enhance the social experience of gaming".
Razer further explains that the three main issues of stream viewing today include; discovery of new streams, being alerted when streamers go live and social interaction on streams due to the amount of spamming in the popular channels. They plan to rectify these issues through various different methods, with their new software integration allowing stream recommendations to users based on interest, alongside friends being able to suggest streams to their peers.
The main features offered by the Stream Viewer integration with Razer Comms include:
- Watch streams with friends
- Discover streams based on interests and games
- Host private chats while watching streams with friends
- Create playlists to group favorite streams together
- Receive notifications when streams go live
- Share playlists
Even after the release of Final Stand, the fifth piece of DLC for Battlefield 4, DICE has said that they're not finished with the game. The developer has said that it wants to see gamers continue to tell them what they'd like to see in the form of future DLC for the first-person shooter.
DICE said in its latest Battlelog update: "With Battlefield 4 Final Stand released, we hope and believe that you will enjoy it together with the rest of the game for a long time. However, there is one thing we want to assure you: there is more content coming for Battlefield 4". We don't know what that will arrive as exactly, but DICE did add: "rest assured that we'll get back to you on the future of Battlefield 4 when the time is right".
Polygon reports that we could expect more reimagined maps, which are maps from the older Battlefield 4 games, remade in the well-powered Frostbite 3 engine. EA and DICE will have to do something with BF4, as there's no flagship Battlefield game coming out until 2016, with Battlefield 5 promised for two years from now. Battlefield: Hardline is coming next year, being developed by Visceral Games, but it's not a "true" Battlefield 4 successor. Bring on 2016.
Just yesterday we reported on LG electronics' brave move to dedicate a whole business division to OLED development, marking themselves as a major player in this field. Less than 12 hours later, KTC have announced their launch of a brand new OLED TV - The 55L83F.
Self-described as "a perfect combination of advanced technology and sophisticated quality, KTC's curved OLED TV 55L83F is the first curved TV launched to the market in China". Claimed to be only 8mm in thickness and much lighter than your traditional LCD monitor, so far it looks like a winner.
KTC claims that it weighs one sixth of a LCD TV, claiming that the curved screen provided will give users the perfect viewing experience. Coupled with a built-in octa-core processor supporting their incorporated operating system, this TV aims to remove the pain of laggy menus as seen in many LCD TV options. It's also claimed that you'll be able to play games at 60 FPS on this new product, with users said to experience a snappy 0.001ms response time - also helpful for viewing live sports. There hasn't been a price listed yet for this 55" TV offering, but expect it to not be cheap.
Smartphone prices are continuing to drop, and 75 percent of consumers will be able to choose full-featured smartphones for $100 or less by 2020. It might be hard to believe there will be such a wide variety of choices for such a low price, but that will be an appealing reality, according to a report written by Gartner mobile analysts.
"You're going to see really powerful devices for under $100," said Ken Dulaney, Gartner mobile analyst. "You're going to see the Android market flush with beautiful, outstanding phones."
The current generation of smartphones are packed with powerful hardware - and mobile software is still developing - while many consumers end up overpaying for features they simply don't use.
Some users have noticed that The Pirate Bay has been down for a much longer time than the normal sporadic downtime bursts. At 12 hours, and counting, many have suspected the worst. Google recently moved against apps made for Android devices that accessed the popular site, and many had speculated that Google may have had a hand in The Pirate Bay's disrupted service. It turns out Swedish police are the culprit. The Pirate Bay, deemed "The galaxy's most resilient BitTorrent site", had its apocalyptic safe haven in Sweden raided by the police.
The raid was conducted by Fredrick Ingblad, a specialized inspector in intellectual property crimes. A specialized forensics team and local police seized servers and computers, effectively bringing the popular torrent site to its knees. The Pirate Bay has been under fire for years and the original founders ended up in jail for their efforts. The scrappy site was spread out amongst the wind and managed to continue to thrive for several years, though eventually the website was changed from thepiratebay.org to thepiratebay.se.
China and Russia are two of the largest cyberespionage threats to the Western world, but countries like North Korea are able to cause significant damage on relatively modest budgets, cybersecurity experts warn.
As witnessed by the successful breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has caused the company significant financial damage - and continued downtime - foreign attackers are finding easy targets to compromise. In North Korea, the reported 1,800 members of Bureau 121, the secret North Korean hacker brigade, live a pampered lifestyle in Pyongyang - with high levels of motivation to carry out cyberattacks.
"While North Korea's massive conventional forces have been declining due to aging and lack of resources... North Korea is emphasizing the development of its asymmetric capabilities," said Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, United States Forces Korea commander. "Cyber warfare is an important asymmetric dimension of conflict that North Korea will probably continue to emphasize - in part because of its deniability and low relative costs."
HBO reportedly will push its standalone video service live in April, just in time for the Game of Thrones season premiere, according to unconfirmed reports. It would be great timing for HBO, as Game of Thrones averages 18.4 million viewers per episode, and could attract users to the service.
HBO has remained silent about the report, but the memo was issued by Mark Thomas, HBO SVP of technology program management, along with Drew Angeloff, HBO SVP of digital products.
HBO and other broadcasters want to embrace streaming video - utilizing standalone Internet-based services - as a way to attract customers interested in cord cutting. There has been some resistance to the effort, especially from cable and satellite providers, but premium subscription companies must adjust based on changing customer demands.
Nintendo has endured several years of uncertainty and chaos, but appears to be ready to end 2014 on an extremely high note. Despite losing $193 million in 2013, Nintendo has enjoyed success from Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, and Amiibo, the company will also sell an estimated 3.6 million Wii U console units in 2014. Amiibo sales in the US should top $1 billion, and shows President Satoru Iwata's decision of sticking with game titles for Nintendo devices alone isn't as disastrous as once believed.
"Nintendo has picked up good momentum heading into the Christmas season," said Tomoaki Kawasaki, analyst from Iwai Cosmo Securities, regarding Nintendo's recent success. "This time they have a hit lineup. Amiibo represents a new revenue source, and we are watching it very closely."
It may have taken longer than expected, but the Wii U game catalog continues to strengthen - after poor sales in 2012 and 2013 - as Nintendo caters to a niche gaming demographic when compared to Microsoft and Sony.
Real estate agents are increasingly using drones to help sell homes and commercial properties, giving prospective buyers an extremely unique view. Being able to capture aerial photographs and record video is proving popular among buyers unable to visit locations in-person.
Using drones also allows real estate agents an opportunity to scout out potential development opportunities, looking at buildings that can be redeveloped or vacant sites that can be purchased.
The price of drones continues to decrease, and as governments try to determine how to create drone flying guidelines, will only increase in popularity in the real estate industry.