The Sims 4 is only a few days away from being launched, with Electronic Arts making the PC requirements made available through the games FAQ page. Most will be surprised that you don't need a powerhouse gaming system to run it, with some pretty relaxed requirements. An Internet connection is only required for activation, so it's not an always-online mess like SimCity was.
You'll only need a "1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)" for the CPU side of things, and 2GB of RAM minimum. 9GB of HDD space is required, with 1GB additional space needed for custom content and saved games.
A video card with at least 128MB of RAM is required, with Pixel Shader 3.0 support required - so we have NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, an ATI Radeon X1300 or better, or Intel's GMA X4500 or better. As you can see, the minimum PC requirements are very relaxed. The recommended specifications aren't that much more, with an Intel Core i5/AMD Athlon X4 or higher, 4GB of RAM, the same 9GB of HDD space, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or better and the 64-bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
It feels like there's so much conflicting information on the iWatch right now, but according to Re/code, we should expect Apple to unveil its first wearable next to two new iPhones - which should arrive in 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions.
Apple's iWatch should feature deep integration with Apple's health tracking tools, something that will make an appearance with iOS 8. We should also see the health tools go as far as working with home automation kit HomeKit, which is something else that will reportedly arrive with Apple's next iteration of its mobile OS.
A few months ago, Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against Take Two, the publisher behind Grand Theft Auto V, where she alleged that the publisher used her likeness in GTA V. But now Take Two's lawyers are firing back at the actress, saying that she filed the lawsuit "for publicity purposes".
Take Two is now aiming to have the lawsuit dismissed, with legal fees being pushed across the desk in Lohan's direction. Lohan's complaint alleged that Take Two "incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan's] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses" and jeans worn by Lohan into GTA V as the character Lacey Jonas.
One very disgruntled gamer called in a bomb threat to a popular video game streamer, which resulted in a SWAT team bursting into the room with automatic weapons drawn, throwing Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson to the ground and handcuffing him.
Mathewson, part of The Creatures, was streaming a game of Counter-Strike in his hometown of Littleton, Colorado when the SWAT team came busting through the door, throwing him to the ground, handcuffing him, searching the room - and if you notice in the video, going through his phone. Last time I checked, this was against the law, as the police officer could be removing any evidence from the phone, but that's for another day.
The Littleton police were called to the address after a false report sent into 911 of an active shooter with multiple victims, this lead to the Littleton Public Schools having multiple schools in lockdown, according to KMGH-TV of Denver. This isn't the first time a SWAT team has been called into a gamer's house, as it is known as "SWATting" where someone will call in a bomb or shooting threat, which results in the other party (or gamer) having the SWAT team bust into their room or house.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is a more powerful game console and has outsold the Microsoft Xbox One worldwide since both consoles launched in late 2013. However, developers are supporting both platforms as the console war is far from over - and 4A Games, makers of the Metro video game series, says Microsoft is increasingly improving its efforts.
The Xbox One's GPU is able to perform well, but sometimes only if the CPU is idle - and the CPU won't perform well only if the GPU is idle, as Microsoft is facing ESRAM problems.
"Microsoft is not sleeping, really," said Oles Shishkovstov, 4A Games CTO, in an interview with GameSpot. "Each [Xbox Development Kit] that has been released both before and after the Xbox One launch has brought faster and faster draw-calls to the table. They added tons of features just to work around limitations of the DX11 API model. They even made a DX12/GNM style do-it-yourself API available - although we didn't ship with it on Redux due to time constraints."
Storage company LaCie unveiled its fastest and highest-capacity Thunderbolt 2 storage option, the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 with up to 48 TB storage capacity. Providing speeds up to 1330 MB/s paired with eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM hard drives, this rack is designed for professional media editors, such as videographers and video editors working with 4K video. The 8big Rack can fit into a standard 1U rack space.
"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to 4K video workflows," said Jason Ziller, Intel Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, in a press statement. "Products like the LaCie 8big Rack help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible for video editors."
Computer company ZOTAC is back at it again, with the manufacturer announcing the ZBOX PI320 pico, a quad-core mini-PC in a compact and versatile form factor. The new model measures 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2 mm, about the same size as a small smartphone, and can be transported for use in any room in your house or apartment.
The ZBOX PI320 pico features 2GB DDR3L memory, 32GB eMMC storage space, Intel Baytrail CPU, Intel HD Graphics GPU, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 2.0 ports, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing (x86) pre-installed. It will be released next month for $199 MSRP.
"Zotac is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturizing the traditional PC," said Tony Wong, Zotac International CEO, in a press statement. "We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the ZBOX nano factor and followed up with the ZBOX nano XS. Now with the all-new ZBOX PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket."
The person responsible for breaking into Ben Eberle's vehicle to steal an Apple iPod Touch could face felony charges, as the custom device has been programmed to help a wounded U.S. Army veteran and triple amputee move. The MP3 player used i-limb, a custom application programmed for use by his prosthetic right hand - a newer technology that would have been virtually impossible just a few years ago.
Eberle was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that claimed his right hand and both of his legs. The i-limb app was created by Touch Bionics, whose logo is displayed on the back of the stolen iPod.
A new prosthetic hand costs around $75,000, which will be required if the iPod Touch isn't turned over to the San Antonio Police Department.
Routine network maintenance caused a coast-to-coast service outage for Time Warner Cable, with the two-hour downtime starting at 4:30 a.m. EST. The problem reportedly arose with Time Warner Cable's "Internet backbone," and it seems rather likely that human error played a role in the problem. A full investigation is underway to determine why the company's 11.4 million subscribers were temporarily offline.
Ironically, the latest Time Warner Cable service outage occurred just a couple days after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said the company didn't file network outage reports fast enough. The federal government issued a $1.1 million dollar fine to the company.
Comcast is prepared to purchase Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. It will be one rather disliked company being purchased by a significantly larger disliked conglomerate.
The Lizard Squad hacker group launched cyberattacks against Sony PlayStation Network, Battle.net, League of Legends and Microsoft Xbox Live over the weekend, and now has focused on attacking Twitch. The attack was halted after several high-profile Twitch users wrote "Lizard Squad" on their foreheads yesterday. Some critics say the hackers are working on borrowed time, as it seems like only a matter of time before they are caught for their antics.
The FBI became interested when John Smedley, Sony Online Entertainment president, was targeted by Lizard Squad tweeting a bomb hoax to American Airlines. The high-profile attacks against Sony, Microsoft and other companies would have drawn federal interest, but a fake bomb report should only expedite the FBI's investigation.
Reading through tweets on the Lizard Squad page reveals sometimes entertaining - and rather obnoxious tweets - including mentions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) terrorist group fighting in Syria and Iraq.