This morning at 6AM, DICE officially released the Naval Strike expansion for Battlefield Premium members, but the launch did not go as expected. Only those on consoles got the update, and DICE says that the PC launch has been delayed due to a major bug that was found shortly before launch. DICE did not give any indication what the bug was, and did not give a timeline on when PC gamers can expect the expansion.
"On March 25, Battlefield 4 Premium members on consoles will be able to experience the ultimate sea-to-sea warfare in the third expansion pack for Battlefield 4," DICE said in a statement. "Battlefield 4 Naval Strike takes the intense and dramatic water-based combat introduced in Battlefield 4 to four all-new maps set in the South China Sea while introducing a new game mode and vehicle."
"However, we are delaying the launch of Battlefield 4 Naval Strike on PC. We've detected an issue and it needs to be solved. Quality is our number one priority and we will not release Battlefield 4 Naval Strike on PC until we feel it meets the highest quality level possible," the release continued. "Once we have a confirmed date for PC, we'll be sure to update those players on our official channels. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing everyone on the Battlefield."
Anyone who plays games or spends a lot of typing on a computer each day can tell you that not all keyboards are created equal. I've been typing on a super thin Logitech keyboard for years and find that I can't type nearly as fast on anything else. A lot of gamers and typists out there like mechanical keys.
If you are one of those sorts of people, you will be interested in the new offering from Das Keyboard. You might recognize the Das Keyboard name, the company has been making keyboards for years now. In fact, we reviewed one back in 2012.
The latest offering is called the Das Keyboard 4 Mechanical Keyboard and it has mechanical keys as you expect. You can get the keyboard in a version with names printed on all of the keys. If you are a touch typist, sure of the location of everything you can get it blank as well.
Microsoft gifted an employee-only Xbox One white 'Team Commemorative Special' models before its public launch in November 2013, but now its found in an eBay listing. There are at least ten units being found on eBay, but with a whopping price tag starting from $1,800 to as high as $3,566. Currently, Xbox One is sold for $500.
Microsoft bundled these white edition consoles with one year of Xbox Live subscription, a white controller and a black Kinect sensor with the words 'I Made This' written on the front of the console to recognize efforts made by a particular employee.
But it seems they give more value to money than recognition, and selling a 'rare item' with a very large price tag. In any case, this is something that many collectors would love to get their hands-on. The bundles were given for free to Redmond's employees.
Despite flailing at the box office late last year, Twentieth Century Fox Australia has announced the joint Fox/BBC Earth CG/live action feature film Walking With Dinosaurs for release in May in a range of versions, including a 2D/3D/UltraViolet Blu-ray double pack alongside a standard 2D Blu-ray and DVD.
To be released on May 14, Walking With Dinosaurs features a collection of extra features, including one that attempts to address that which many critics (myself included) had criticised in the alternative 'Cretaceous cut' version of the film, which removes the grating character dialogue and makes other minor cuts. In conjunction with this, the film features a selection of child friendly games and activities, along with an interactive map and an in-movie trivia track.
Corsair is a company that has been making computer hardware and accessories for years. The company is well known for making some rather nice cases for gamers and PC enthusiasts. If you are in the market for a new chassis for your next build, Corsair has announced a new case called the Obsidian Series 450D.
The case carries an MSRP of $119.99 and will hit the US in April. That makes the case rather affordable and it should have the quality expected of Corsair. The case measures 19.5" x 8.3" x 19.6" and weighs 15.4 pounds.
Corsair equips the case with thumbscrew side panels and tool-free drive bays for easy construction. The case also has dust filters in the front, rear, and top that are easy to access and clean. The cooling system has three 120mm fans included and can hold several more fans.
Many banks and ATM operators are making plans to migrate its ATM systems to Linux as Windows XP's support will no longer be provided from April 8th. The report indicated that this will allow companies and operators to have more control over the hardware and software of the machines.
As pointed out earlier, many companies were either planning to shift to newer Windows operating system or purchasing extended support for Windows XP until they've completed migration for all of its machines. As of now, about 95% of the world's ATMs are using Windows XP. It is expected that 60% of 400,000 ATMs in the United States will still be using Windows XP post its end-of-support deadline.
Companies need to be aware of so-called "password fatigue" and create easier-to-use password-protected system access, as employees are in a rush to get work done, according to a study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Employees are more inclined to remember a single password, even if it's longer and more complex, as opposed to needing multiple passwords for each account. This behavior could lead to potential security issues, so password managers or some other type of authentication could be utilized instead.
"'Password fatigue' is, in fact, a very common problem," the study states. Expecting users to simply adapt to an excessive authentication workload is not realistic. But from the user's perspective, what is excessive? In any case, if our participants' coping and avoidance strategies are any indication, the ways in which users adapt may not be desirable from an organizational perspective. Rather than trying to force users to adapt to authentication, organizations, security experts, developers, and engineers must find ways to make authentication adapt to users - in other words, to make it more usable."
Electronic Arts was in the running to win The Consumerist's Worst Company of America award for the third year in a row, but the company has been voted out of the running.
Time Warner Cable is now in EA's position, with the company winning out the race bracket with 51.2% versus EA's 48.8%. The Consumerist explains: "Despite its cock-up of the Battlefield 4 and Titanfall releases, EA just didn't have the all-out support that it had received in the previous two tournaments. And while Time Warner Cable has always merited a spot in the WCIA brackets, the company's pending merger with former WCIA champ Comcast undoubtedly played into readers' voting decisions."
The Consumerist continues: "Judging by the absolute crushing that Comcast brought down on Yahoo in its first round match, there is a lot of hatred out there for the nation's largest cable/Internet provider, and today's TWC result confirms that voters are more than happy to spread that hate around."
A tax loophole that allowed buyers to purchase digital copies of books, music and apps at a cheaper cost has now been closed. The loophole allowed sales of digital content as low as 99p, since consumers paid very low VAT.
Earlier it was pointed out that UK could have financed Olympics Games if it raised VAT of digital downloads between 2008 and 2014. It was also reported in 2012 that UK was losing more than £1.6billion in VAT.
Cloud-storage service Box plans to go public and has reportedly filed an initial public offering, aiming to raise $250 million, with company CEO Aaron Levie warning Box won't be profitable for the "foreseeable future."
Box has 25 million registered users and more than 34,000 paying companies as clients - and while revenue increased 111 percent year-over-year, up to $124.2 million, losses increased from $112.6 million to $168.6 million.
"We are moving toward an information economy, where every worker will be an information worker, and every business, regardless of industry, will be in the information business," Levie wrote in an open letter to investors. "Our role at Box is to help enable this transition for every organization in the world."
Box is a popular Silicon Valley storage startup, but with Dropbox, Google, Microsoft, Barracuda Networks, and scores of other companies offering online storage, it's going to be extremely difficult to compete long-term.