If you are a gamer that likes to play games on your Nintendo Wii or DS portable game console, Nintendo has announced something this week that won't leave a good feeling in your stomach. As of May 20, Nintendo will be ending the online gaming functionality of the Wi-Fi Connection service for legacy devices.
That means that Wii and DS gamers will no longer be able to play games like Mario Kart online against other players. Nintendo says that the games will still work in offline mode. Once you get used to racing against other people online, it's hard to go back to playing offline.
Nintendo is also clear that the online gaming support for the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will continue to work. That means if you want to play online with Nintendo games you will need to upgrade hardware.
With a slew of new phones announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 this week, new rumors about the iPhone 6 have surfaced. Apple is rumored to unleash the new, bigger iPhone 6 in July, much earlier than expected.
Mizuho Securities analyst Abhey Lamba delivered some research to clients yesterday, which said that the iPhone 6, as well as a new phablet, will be launched by Apple in July, instead of September or October, like usual. Lamba says that he has checked with Apple's suppliers in Japan and throughout Asia, who suggest things are ramping up much earlier than expected.
Lamba said in his note: "Recently, the company has been introducing new lineup in September time frame whereas the next generation phones could come out in July this year. The earlier launch will be helpful for Apple as it will ensure significant availability and distribution of the new device during the holiday season".
The hybrid memory cube consortium (HMCC) is an organization comprising of memory providers such as Micron Technology, Samsung Electronics, and SK Hynix, is dedicated to developing and establishing an industry-standard interface specification for the hybrid memory cube (HMC) technology.
This week, the consortium unveiled HMC 2.0, which is capable of some truly crazy speeds. HMC 2.0 is capable of supporting bandwidth of 480GB/sec per one memory device. HMC can do this by using advanced through-silicon vias (TSVs) - which are vertical conduits that electrically connect a stack of individual chips - in order to combine high-performance logic with dynamic random access memory (DRAM) die.
HMC 1.0 was capable of 160GB/sec of bandwidth, in 2GB density while running 10Gb/s per late data-rate, using up to 70% less energy per bit than existing technologies. The new HMC 2.0 specification supports increased data rate speeds advancing short-reach (SR) performance from 10Gb/s, 12.5Gb/s, 15Gb/s and up to 30Gb/s, allowing the peak bandwidth of a single memory cube to bounce all the way up to 480GB/sec.
Within days of the massive iOS security flaw, Apple has come out defending the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S, stating that it keeps users' personal data secure.
Apple released an updated version of its iOS Security white paper - something you can read here - which explains what happens to your fingerprint data after you tap the Touch ID sensor. Each A7 processor has a unique secure space that Apple says it, nor can the A7 read, with each and every authentication session being encrypted end-to-end.
The company is also offering a detailed explanation of what it does with each of your fingerprint images, stating that the image of your fingerprint only lasts in memory until it is turned into a decryption key. There are also safeguards, which have been known, where after 48 hours of inactivity, it will wipe your key away, with a reboot or five failed login attempts performing the same action.
Central America is home to some of the most ferocious tornadoes on the planet, but one scientist wants to see mother nature stopped, through the use of gigantic walls built across Tornado Alley.
Rongjia Tao, a physicist with Temple University, says: "If we build three east-west great walls in the American Midwest .... one in North Dakota, one along the border between Kansas and Oklahoma to the east, and the third one in south Texas and Louisiana, we will diminish the tornado threats in the Tornado Alley forever".
Tao says that the walls would need to be 1,000 feet high, and around 150 feet wide. But at an estimated cost of $60 billion per 100 miles, and the engineering challenges, "it wouldn't work", according to tornado researcher Harold Brooks of the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. Brooks said that "If his hypothesis was true, we'd already have the thing he wants to build naturally. This is essentially a case of a physicist, who may be very good in his sub-discipline, talking about a subject about which he is abysmally ignorant".
The Game Developer's Conference 2014 is being held next month, where Microsoft will be hosting a session called "DirectX: Evolving Microsoft's Graphics Platform". The session is being hosted by Anuj Gosalia, Developement Manager for Windows Graphics. The session is described as:
"For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet.
However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. You also asked us for better tools so that you can squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console.
Come learn our plans to deliver."
Referring to 'closer to the metal' means more control over your GPU, with lower CPU overheads - which is similar, if not identical to AMD's Mantle technology. If this is the case, it could be quite the benefit to PC gamers, as it will increase performance across the board of hardware, not just limited to AMD GPUs, but NVIDIA, Intel, and others.
Back when Google owned Motorola, it talked about a modular smartphone that it was working on, known as Project Ara. Well, the company has just announced it is hosting the first Ara Developers' Conference in April.
It will be the first of three conferences where the Mountain View-based giant will show developers what they'll be able to do with Ara. The first conference will be held over the Internet through a live webstream, with an interactive Q&A session hosted to a select few people able to attend in person at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
The conference itself will be focused around an alpha release of the Ara Module Developers' Kit, which will provide developers with all of the information requires to make an "Ara module". The company will also walk through the existing and future features for the Ara platform, with prize challenges for module developers.
Despite having a social networking website with one billion users, Facebook is forced to discontinue its email service. The '@Facebook.com' email service was started in 2010 so that users can chat and send email through Facebook messages.
Though many users did not appreciate the social networking company deleted many user's originally submitted email address to '@Facebook.com' counterpart. It was found that most people did not use it, and therefore decided to take it down.
When I had my old Intel Pentium II system, I was quite content playing the Quake and Unreal titles at the time, but I never once thought of cooking up some fries with my system.
Well, a KitGuru reader did just that with his old Pentium II system, where he cooked french fries in oil using the head generated by his ageing CPU. I don't know how healthy this would be, so we don't recommend doing it at home, but it has to be a first for me - seeing someone put their system into a baking tray and cooking a meal using the heat generated from their computer.
Activision launched Call of Duty: Elite back in 2011, an online service dedicated to the game and its players, but come tomorrow, it will be shut down for good.
Elite launched with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, then went free when Black Ops II launched, and from there, it has been a downhill ride. In-game stats will still be shown for both Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II, but Elite will be gone as of 1pm Eastern time tomorrow.