In just a couple of months time, 4A Games will launch its Metro Redux, which sees remastered versions of two of the most popular first-person shooters of the last few years: Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.
NVIDIA is backing this new remastered copy, so on top of the enhanced graphics, countless changes within the game, we can expect GPU-accelerated PhysX effects thanks to NVIDIA's technology. 4A Games have painstakingly changed so much of the two games, with improved geometry, encounters, lighting, and even how levels themselves end and transition.
The biggest change is going to come from Metro 2033, which will receive a graphics engine overhaul, with PnP tessellation, and some gameplay refinements that were found in Metro: Last Light. The PC side of things will see "higher-resolution textures, higher-quality effects, greater levels of PnP tessellation, support for 4K resolutions, and most significantly, re-tooled NVIDIA GPU-accelerated PhysX effects built using PhysX 3.x, the latest version of the critically acclaimed physics software".
Metro Redux launches later this month on August 26 in the US, and August 29 in Europe.
Newer generations of malware are finding their way to virtual machines - and instead of fleeing like before - are still executing when on VM. At least 70 percent of companies plan to utilize server virtualization by the end of 2015, so malware reaching the virtual machines could prove problematic.
In a study of 200,000 malware samples, analyzed on both VM and non-VM machines by Symantec, only 18 percent wouldn't operate on a virtual machine.
"The host server, as well as any virtual machine running on it, needs to be protected against malware," said Liam O'Murch, Symantec Security Response researcher, in a statement to SCMagazine. "To achieve this, advanced malware protection with proactive components that go beyond the classical static antivirus scanner needs to be in place. This can be agentless on the hypervisor or in the guest image themselves."
Google Android 4.4 KitKat continues to gobble up the market, now accounting for 20.9 percent of total market share, a jump from 17.9 percent from July. The 4.4 version rolled out in October 2013 and wireless carriers have been excited to include the latest and greatest version to customers.
The continued fragmentation of Android, with five different codenames running different versions, however, is seen as a security issue that must be addressed. In addition, there is complexity of Google creating an update or modification, and then phone manufacturers also needing to conduct their own tweaks.
Android Jelly Bean 4.1 still leads with 26.5 percent market share, but KitKat is quickly working to overtake that number in the future. Developers are always excited to get their hands-on newer versions of Android, and app development continues to evolve with each new version.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - One of the most interesting conversations we had at the Flash Memory Summit came from Dr. Simon Sze directly after he won a lifetime achievement award for co-inventing the floating gate back in 1967. Interestingly enough the very first floating gate was deployed in the original Nintendo game system.
According to our rough calculations there are over 1 pentillion floating gates in use in the world today. Or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 floating gates, for those keeping exact track. Dr. Simon Sze has an interesting story, and continues to teach in a university to this day.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Micheal Wu from Phison stopped by to talk about their newest SSD controller. The quad-core PS3110 controller. The new controller features end-to-end data protection and supports DEVSLP. Chris Ramseyer took a look at the new controller in this article. The PS3110 supports TLC memory and up to 2TB of storage.
The PS3110 can be used in a multitude of applications from consumer, enthusiast, and even entry-level enterprise deployments. Phison is also working with M.2 designs for future implementations as well. The PCIe 3.0 x4 is due in Q1 for launch, and we should see working samples in Q4 of this year. All of the other competitors in this space are using PCIe 2.0, so 3.0 will be a big advantage for the Phison SSD.
It was only last month that we reported on Samsung's 'wall hugger' advertisements, that took a stab at iPhone users. The South Korean giant has now pushed this 'wall huggers' advertising campaign into airports, where it reiterates the battery life of its latest Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Samsung points to the fact that the Galaxy S5 has an 'Ultra Power Saving Mode' but the ad itself says: "So you have the power to be anywhere but here", and I wonder what Samsung means by that. Apple will most likely fire back in the coming months when it launches its new iPhone, which should feature a larger screen, and a better battery.
Gamescom has been filled with some big announcements, with the creator of Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima announcing that Metal Gear Solid V will be coming to the PC. Well, he also unveiled the new Silent Hills game, too.
Silent Hills is an interactive horror game that Kojima, Sony and Konami have been working with Guillermo Del Toro, who directed movies like Hellboy and the recent Pacific Rim. Joining them is Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on AMC's The Walking Dead. Kojima has promised that the new Silent Hills will be so scary that it will make gamers "s**t their pants". Kojima wants to create a game so scary that you'll want to turn your machine off to stop it from scaring you.
At Gamescom, Kojima said: "That's why there's a limit on how scary you can make a game, but in this case we're ignoring that. If you don't want to keep playing through the game, so be it we don't care. That's the game we're aiming for. We're aiming for a game that will make you shit your pants". We don't know what platforms Silent Hills will be hitting, but we can almost guarantee that the PlayStation 4 will be one of them.
One of the more successful summer blockbusters from 2014, the latest entry in the 'X-Men' saga; 'Days of Future Past' had a good summer, generating nearly $750 million at the worldwide box office. Twentieth Century Fox has given the heads up to Australian retailers to expect the Blu-ray to be released on October 14th, on the same day as the U.S. release.
Whilst the local arm of Fox have yet to confirm the disc specifications, the contents should mirror that of the U.S. release, which comes packed with multiple featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a second screen app.
An extended cut of the film is coming, having been confirmed by producer Lauren Shuler Donner, however the longer cut will now be released in 2015.
Fox are immediately moving forward with the next installment in the franchise 'X-Men: Apocalypse', which is due for release in May 2016.
When the new Unreal Tournament was announced, people were excited - finally, an arena shooter for the PC, and PC only. Well, 'raxxy' on the Unreal Forums has compiled Epic Games' builds of the new Unreal Tournament, and has just unleashed the pre-alpha version of the game, which is available right now.
Everything is in very early, very unfinished form - with maps being untextured, weapons completely unbalanced, and things are only going to change very quickly from here. The pre-alpha of Unreal Tournament 2014 is constantly updated, so you'll need to manually download it when it's updated. If you want to download it, hit this link.
Suspected foreign-based cyberattackers hit the Tuscaloosa Police Department earlier in the week, disrupting phone lines at the Alabama station for a short time. The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took place 5:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, with the phone system slammed by irrelevant phone calls.
Cyberattacks are not uncommon, but are highly disruptive when they hit police and emergency responders. The TPD is working with federal authorities and will no longer allow blocked numbers or international phone numbers to dial non-911 administration lines. The changes will have no impact on 911 emergency lines reaching the call center, officials noted.
Another local business received up to 184 phone calls in a short time before unplugging the phone - with the caller reportedly saying they were trying to collect a debt.