Intel have something exciting for 2014, and that's the new Z97 platform, which is going to be the new high-end, Haswell-E platform. Well, the Z97 chipset will reportedly not feature the new SATA Express standard, which is a disappointment.
SATA Express is part of the new Serial ATA 3.2 standard, which will feature new connectors that are backwards compatible, as well as some nifty PCIe-based SATA Express devices. SATA Express is expected to provide a choice of AHCI or NVM Express host interfaces, which should pump more speed through its already fast pipes.
I admit it: I used to be a huge Facebook Messenger user, but I've converted over to Hangouts for most of my chat now. I still use Messenger for chatting with people I can't chat with on Hangouts, but Messenger has just received a new update, and it looks swish.
It was previously only made available for a limited number of users, but now it has rolled out to the public, with an all-new design and fresh new features. We have a nice white and light blue design, as well as improved performance, and new chat features. The new chat features include the ability to message people with just their phone number, which is a nice touch.
You can grab the latest version of Facebook Messenger from the Google Play Store, if your device hasn't auto-updated already.
If you remember Myst, then you'll know who Cyan is, and you'll be excited for their upcoming game Obduction. The developer hit up Kickstarter for some crowdfunding for Obduction, to the tune of $1.1 million.
They reached it, and now it will go into production for an October 2015 release on Mac and Windows. I'm incredibly excited about the game, and I'm hoping that it reaches its stretch goal of $1.3 million, as that will include Oculus Rift support - something that would be absolutely mind blowing. It is something I've talked about (wanting a Myst-like game on the Rift) and something that I can't wait to play.
I've just made a pledge, and I can't wait to hopefully see this game hit $1.3 million in the next couple of days for that Oculus Rift support!
Zepp's 3D motion sensor helps you get better at golf, baseball, or tennis. The Zepp sensor will probably be pretty useful for people that take their training seriously. The device can attach to a racket, bat or a glove and will collect data from the swings you take and show you on your smartphone through Bluetooth.
Zepp can tell you stuff like the speed and power, angles, hip rotation from your swings, and even your shot type for tennis. Zepp's 3D motion sensors are now available from zepp for $150 or from Apple and Verizon on the 19th. The device comes with the sensor, app, and the mount.
Today Motorola's CEO, Dennis Woodside, announced that the company's flagship Moto X smartphone will receive the update to Android 4.4 KitKat in just a few weeks. This comes just hours after the company launched its budget friendly Moto G smartphone that will have to wait until January to receive KitKat.
The update will bring forth a host of new and exciting features to the Moto X including new ways to incorporate all of your messaging apps into one, and new features for your contact list. Unfortunately, Moto X phones purchased through carriers will take longer to update as the carriers will each have to individually approve the update which means weeks of testing.
Microsoft has announced they will be having a worldwide launch celebration starting 11 pm ET/8 pm PT which will be streamed on Spike TV and will also be available to watch on your Xbox or on Xbox.com. They will be hosting a huge fan party in Times Square, New York and Los Angeles.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy: "Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we count down the final hours to the launch of Xbox One... Xbox One will be the biggest launch in the history of Xbox and we can't wait to celebrate with our fans."
Our Download of the Day today is more of a reminder, which is for the AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 drivers. These new drivers are obviously in beta, so download them at your own risk.
The new drivers have support for the latest Radeon R-series of GPUs, including the super-fast R9 290X GPU. The new drivers also support Microsoft's latest desktop OS, Windows 8.1, as well as Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux.
Nokia's Refocus app may be one of the most highly anticipated apps of the year, and since its unveiling, every Lumia owner out there has been chomping at the bits to get their hands on it. Today their wait was ended when Nokia launched the app at the Finnish conference known as Slush.
The App allows users to tweak their previously taken images by adjusting focus points, as well as selectively removing or replacing colors. Additionally the app lets users friends play with their photos as well. "It gives more context of the story you want to tell," said Samuli Hänninen, vice president of software program management for Nokia's Smart Devices business. "It makes the images come alive, and you can combine it with different colors and make it as artistic as you want." Users who own a Lumia PureView device can download the app at the source link below.
Sony's PlayStation network has always been a free service to all PlayStation users. Sony's head of global marketing and vice president of Sony Network Entertainment, Eric Lempel explains to GamesIndustry.biz why they had to make the change and that it would be too difficult to keep the PlayStation Network free. Although the PlayStation Network's app services will still be free, Lempel says the PlayStation 4 will still have an edge over Xbox One due to Xbox Live's requirement to use many of its services. Lempel also explains that you get a good value and that it is worth paying for.
Eric Lempel mentioning it's difficult to keep PSN free: "There's a ton of value in the network. We've built up the network over the years and made a significant investment... and it's quite honestly hard to keep everything free"
Lempel continues: "The network's gotten so much better and it's completely redesigned on PS4. And the investment in Plus gives the user a ton of value, so putting multiplayer in there will continue to help us build the network up for our users. It's a massive infrastructure to run this thing, and now with some of these social features there's a lot going on."
Sony has finally unleashed its next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, to at least some parts of the world. The first few reviews are still a work-in-progress, as the PS4 will continue to grow as a device over the years to come.
Something I've noticed, but I'm not surprised to see, is that most reviews of the PS4 aren't completely glowing. There doesn't seem to be a killer game, that is an absolutely must-have title. I really expected there to have been a truly, next-generation console defining title - something like the Halo of the Xbox era. Oh well. Here is a list of the PS4 reviews: