If you are a fan of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise, you might recall the console game that we talked about at E3 last year. That game was called Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare and it was promised to land for console gamers this spring. This spring is here, even if it's cold in your neck of the woods.
PvZ Garden Warfare is now available for gamers on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One to purchase as a download. PopCap says that the PC version of the game will come later. Exactly how much later PC gamers have to wait is unknown.
The game has several multiplayer modes including two different 12 v 12 modes. Those modes are Garden & Graveyards and Team Vanquish. One of the coolest parts about Garden Warfare is that the player can choose to be a zombie or a plant. The mobile games always put you in the plants camp.
Team Group, Inc. collaborated with HKEPC Laboratory for the 23rd time to make a Super Pi 1M record using TeamGroup ProjectX memory kits.
The team was able to set a new world record of 5.078 seconds for Super PI 1M scores, therefore beating the previous record of 5.094 seconds by Russia's Smoke Core. What made this very impressive is that the previous record was held for 7 months, therefore one can imagine the time, effort, co-ordination and patience it would require to get everything right to break an already impressive world record.
Say the name Boeing to ten people and nine of them will probably think about aircraft first. Boeing does build a lot of aircraft for commercial and military uses, but it also has its fingers into more than the aviation pie. A new smartphone has crossed the FCC looking to provide secure communications made by Boeing.
It might sound odd that Boeing is looking at making a smartphone. Considering that the US government prefers homegrown tech to items supplied by foreign firms when it comes to security for government projects and the Boeing Black might be a success.
We don't know all the details on the smartphone right now. What we do know from the FCC filing is that the device will support dual microSIM cards. The filing also says that the phone will work on GSM, WCDMA, and LTE networks.
Odds are that many of the products that you buy spent some time on a ship crossing the ocean at one time. About 90% of the world's trade goods are shipped by boat. The shipping industry is gigantic and is worth about $375 billion annually.
Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc has announced a new plan for ships that it thinks could revolutionize shipping and save shippers lots of money while reducing pollution. The plan is to make drone ships that are controlled from a virtual bridge on dry land and have no human crew.
The ships would use redundant systems like aircraft and an array of sensors to see what is in the water in front of them. The crew is one of the highest cost centers for a shipping company with crew costs consuming about 44% of the entire operating expenses for a ship.
The move to 12Gb/s SAS is beginning the datacenter, and as per usual the bleeding-edge devices lead the way. 12Gb/s SAS3 SSDs were first, with three industry heavyweights leading the 12Gb/s charge. We have evaluated the HGST SSD800MM, the Toshiba PX02SMF080, and the Seagate 1200. Surprisingly, a few of these SSDs actually beat compatible RAID adapters and HBA's to market, but we are finally seeing the right pieces of the architecture all fall into place.
Of course the next logical step is to begin applying the benefits of 12Gb/s technology to the platter realm. The fastest HDDs are the first to get the 12Gb/s treatment, and today HGST beat the competition with the announcement of their new C15K600 family.
This 15K RPM HDD also brings a few new features. HGST is utilizing their media caching technology to provide significantly enhanced write performance over solutions with limited NAND or flash-based non-volatile cache (NVC). The result is two times better random write performance than current generation 2.5-inch 15K drives, and two and a half times better performance than 3.5-inch 15K drives.
Back in November 2013, the FCC released its Speed Test App for Android users that is designed to let users of Android devices help test the speed of broadband networks around the country. The FCC has now announced that the app is available for iOS users as well.
The app for iOS is a bit different than the Android version. iOS users are unable to allow the app to run in the background periodically as the Android offering does. Users of the iOS flavor will need to run the test manually.
The app will gather valuable information about the speed and reach of broadband networks in the country. Data gathered by the Android app has been used in three reports already according to the FCC.
MWC 2014 - SlimPort is one of those technologies that change up the game in a very good way, and now Analogix has raised the bar even more. At the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Analogix demoed its new SlimPort 4K line of devices that lets you take a 4K enabled phone like the Google Nexus 7 and stream the display onto a 4K TV in real-time with no apparent latency at all. This makes for a seamless gaming experience, something no one else has been able to do until now.
Johannes Knapp was on hand today to take a first hand look at the new SlimPort 4K technology, and as you can tell from the video above, SlimPort 4K is no joke. Over the years, many have tried to bring a latency free smartphone gaming experience to the big screen, but no one has managed to nail it as perfectly as Analogix has.
This also allows users to stream 4K video from their phone or tablet directly to their 4K TV, a handy feature for someone without a 4K streaming device. This video marks the end of our on-site MWC 2014 coverage, but Johannes will be back in a few weeks with live coverage from CeBIT, so stay tuned to TweakTown for that!
If you are the sort that likes to create your own stuff, you may think that having your own 3D printer is something that would make your life much better. The problem is that many 3D printers cost thousands of dollars putting them out of reach. MakerBot has announced a new 3D printer that also happens to be the cheapest one it makes.
The printer is called the MakerBot Replicator Mini and it was unveiled during CES 2014 earlier this year. The printer is now up for pre-order and you can get one for $1375. That is about half the cost of the full size Replicator.
As you might guess with the word "mini" in the name, this printer is for making smaller items. It can produce items that measure up to 3.9" x 3.9" x 4.9". The printer is built for fast printing and uses a build plate that requires no leveling.
We know that South Park can be crude, but just how far will Trey Parker and Matt Stone push South Park: The Stick of Truth? The answer is pretty far, at least on consoles where it had to be censored in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the PC version of the game completely uncut.
For those in the US, you'll receive the full frontal version including swearing, poop jokes, and much more. The censored scenes from the consoles include:
- A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player.
- A mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.
- Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences.
The reasoning behind this is from Ubisoft, which says it is simply a "market decision". The consoles' censored parts will be replaced with some words from Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
MWC 2014 - In the sea of Mobile World Congress 2014 news this week, Qualcomm unleashed two new system-on-chips, the new Snapdragon 600 and 615. Both of these new SoCs feature ARMv8 64-bit processing technology, 4G/LTE connectivity and refreshed Adreno graphics.
The new processors will see four (at up to 1.8GHz) and eight (four at 1GHz, four at 1.8GHz) ARM Cortex-A53 cores, respectively. Both SoCs will feature refreshed Adreno 405 graphics, which supports up-to-date graphics APIs such as DirectX 11.2, and OpenGL ES 3.0, full profile OpenCL 1.1 and hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation.
We also have an LPDDR3 memory controller, new display controller which supports up to 2560x2048 displays, improved multimedia processors (with H.265 codec support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac controller, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS, Gobi 4G/LTE cat 4 modem which supports speeds of up to 150Mb/s. Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies said: "Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the user experience for high-end mobile devices by amassing the unparalleled trilogy of an industry-leading LTE modem, 64-bit multi-core processing, and superior multimedia".