This morning Samsung released sales numbers on its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the numbers are a bit impressive for a device that has seen a not so favorable welcome. Samsung says that it is managed to sell more than 800,000 Galaxy Gear units in the short two months that the device has been for sale.
In a statement, Samsung said "It's the most sold wearable watch available in the marketplace...and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear." Several industry analyst including former New York Times tech reviewer David Pogue said the figures released today are "inconsistent and frustrating," and that sales figures should actually be in the 50,000 range. These claims are based on earlier media reports that suggest as much as 30-percent of the devices were returned to Best Buy due to unsatisfied customers.
Call of Duty: Ghost is a next-gen game in the sense that it is the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise, but it is not however next-gen in terms of technology. When Infinity Ward announced that the game would require 6GB of RAM to run on the PC, many gamers were left asking why the game would ever need 6GB of RAM to work on a PC.
It appears that the answer to that question is that it does not require and simply can not use up 6GB of RAM at its current texture levels. Today Infinity Ward released a new patch that removes the 6GB requirement, effectively confirming what everyone thought in the first place. The patch also introduces new eSports rules as well as a new "Broadcaster" mode that will allow gamers to record their gameplay in first-person, third-person and over-the-shoulder mode.
Just two weeks ago we were reporting on OCZ's stock taking a nosedive to below $0.18 per share before rebounding back to the $0.70 level. The stock seemed to level off there, and some of us thought that the company may be able to pull itself out of the hole it fell into months ago. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.
A new rumor has just came across my news desk unveiling that OCZ laid off 15-percent of its workforce last week. The rumor was not clear as to which divisions were the hardest hit, or if any high-salary employees were caught up in the layoffs. OCZ's stock is down more than $0.10 today since Friday when it closed at about $0.70 per share. Unlike the last nosedive, there are not rebounding spikes and if the pattern continues, OCZ could be back in the sub $0.20 per share range by Friday.
At some point in our lives, almost every American has owned a Nokia branded phone, and it was not that long ago that Nokia was considered king of the handset. Today that long standing legacy has finally come to an end as 99.7-percent of Nokia's shareholders voted to approve Microsoft acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services business for $7.2 billion.
Not all shareholders were so eager to sell, with reports of some being quite upset that an American company would be allowed to purchase a Finnish brand with such a long history. None-the-less, Microsoft is the new owner of Nokia's Devices and services division and we have most likely seen the last Nokia-branded mobile devices to be released. Todays conformation also gives Stephen Elop yet more momentum in his drive to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's next CEO.
Personally I am still sticking to my theory that Ballmer, Elop and Gates all planned this entire chain of events out back in 2009 or 2010. I think that everyone knew Ballmer wanted to retire, and that Microsoft needed its own handset to compete with Apple. A plan was hatched that would see Elop being ushered in as CEO of Nokia, who would then closely collaborate with Microsoft to develop the next-generation of Nokia Windows Phones. At the same time, Elop would help Nokia's stock tank and earn himself a big bonus for selling Nokia to Microsoft when things looked really bad. The buyout would be confirmed and Elop would be given Ballmer's seat at the helm as a thank you for his efforts. Call me crazy, but much more shady plots have been hatched in the big business world.
It looks like Google is a little more secure today, after the Mountain View-based search giant unveiled that it has completely the upgrade of all its SSL certificates to 2048-bit RSA, which is a few months ahead of schedule.
Google Security Engineer, Dan Dulay, said: "we have completed this process which will allow the industry to start removing trust from weaker 1024-bit keys next year." The company announced back in May that it had started work on changing its key lengths, and wanted to complete the task before the end of the year. This was around two weeks prior to Edward Snowden making headlines on the NSA PRISM system.
With the new longer key lengths, Google makes cracking SSL connections much harder, which should have e-mail communication, encrypted banking transactions and more, much more secure. Dulay said: "hardware security module that contained our old 1024-bit intermediate certificate has served us well. Its final duty after all outstanding certificates were revoked was to be carefully destroyed."
2014 is shaping up to be an interesting year for consumer devices, where I think we'll see a powerful change from smartphones to wearable devices, like Glass, and tablets do a little better, for some companies at least.
One of those companies would be Samsung, which is looking to double its tablet output next year, from this year's 40 million tablets. This is double the number of slates the South Korean giant shipped last year, but it is looking to really up the ante going into 2014. Samsung is hoping to sell as much as 100 million tablets in 2014, a large increase over 2013's numbers, that's for sure.
The world has been waiting for the announcement from Bethesda regarding Fallout 4, but it looks like those days are numbered. The developer has filed for a trademark application for Fallout 4 in Europe.
Of course, this doesn't mean it's going to happen, or we'll hear of something, but remember that IGN reported a teaser website that was uncovered by some keen-eyed Reddit users. Again, this doesn't completely prove the existence of Fallout 4, but it gives it more credit than nothing happening at all. We will have news of Fallout 4 as soon as it breaks.
You might be used to your motherboard with 6, or maybe 8 SATA ports, but ASRock has your back if you want to cram an insane 22 SATA drives onto your system with its latest Z87 Extreme11 motherboard.
The ASRock Z87 Extreme11 leverages the LSI 3008 chip, partnered with a 3X24R expander to provide an insane sixteen SAS-3/SATA 6Gbps ports, as well as the usual 6 SATA 6Gbps ports provided by the chipset on the board. 22 HDDs installed from a single motherboard? This is now possible, thanks to ASRock. The Z87 Extreme11 motherboard is also outfitted with some impressive dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Purity Sound, 12 x USB 3.0 ports, dual GbE, and two mSATA ports.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, 2014 is going to be the start of virtual reality moving out from the shadow of being a gimmick, to being the next big leap in gaming and technology.
Now we have Valve scheduling two sessions during its upcoming Developers Day conference in January 2014: What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years, and Virtual Reality and Steam. Valve has effectively teased the world by revealing its VR prototype, and what a great experience it thinks "affordable" VR hardware will be capable of in the near future.
The developer is also working on "the Steam Overlay in VR, Steam store changes for VR, and our VR plan for Steamworks." It looks like we might see the mashup of the Oculus Rift and Steam worlds, with an interesting VR interface. Maybe this is why the Steam Box, Steam Machines, Steam Controllers and most of all, Half-Life 3, have been delayed this far.
The Xbox One is nearly upon us, but how much did Microsoft spend on the Xbox One controller? It's being reported that over $100 million was pumped into the Xbox One controller's development, a mammoth amount of green for a peripheral, isn't it?
During the development, Microsoft had some interesting ideas for the controller, with two of them being of interest: the first, was a built-in projector that would throw out images into your room. The second, was smell-o-vision, which would've been a truly interesting addition to the next-gen controller. What do you think? If you had to choose one, what would you want? Smell-o-vision, or the built-in projector?