There's one pissed off hacking group right now, which has not only taken down the PlayStation Network, but through Twitter, the group sent a bomb threat on an American Airlines flight that John Smedley was on. Smedly is the president of Sony Online Entertainment, and has confirmed he was indeed on the flight, and that it was diverted for security reasons.
Smedley tweeted: "Something about security and our cargo". An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed that Flight 362 was diverted for security reasons, and that the FBI was investigating the threat. Before all of the bomb threat hoopla, the hacking group took to Twitter to tweet a threat to American Airlines' Twitter account. While the plane was in the air, the group tweeted an image showing the e-Ticket for Smedley's flight, a confirmation number, and then asking if Smedley and Sony were indeed on the flight.
During the flight itself, the hackers continued to tweet threats. American Airlines Flight 363 was diverted from its patch to San Diego, into Phoenix. There were some 179 passengers and six crew on-board, all safe.
We're starting to hear more information on AMD's upcoming next-gen GPU architecture, code named "Faraway Islands". AMD's next-gen architecture is shaping up quite nicely, but this is all just a rumor right now. CHW.com seemed to have gotten the information from SemiAccurate, but right now this is in heavy rumor territory.
While we've heard rumors of NVIDIA skipping the 20nm process and shifting right onto the 16nm process, AMD looks to be baking its Faraway Islands-based GPUs onto the 20nm process, something it'll reportedly do over at TSMC and GlobalFoundaries. This will allow AMD to be first to the market with a new GPU based on a new process node, pushing NVIDIA to the side for a few months enjoying the slew of salivating-at-the-mouths consumers who want a new GPU desperately.
AMD's new Faraway Islands GPU architecture will be baked into all of AMD's future GPUs and APU products, so we should expect some low-power ARM-based SoCs and some decently powerful APUs from this new architecture. When to expect it though? 2015. Pirate Islands is still to come, also based on the 20nm process, but AMD could skip that all together and push right on over to Faraway Islands, either way, new GPUs are on their way!
Sony is shutting down its PlayStation Home service in Japan as of March 2014, with the company announcing the news through its Japanese Home website.
A translation of this post says that the PlayStation Home service is maintained by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, and Sony Computer Entertainment America are exempt from this shut down, meaning Europeans and Americans are safe from their Home services being closed for good. Sony's PlayStation Home opened up on the PS3 first, back as a beta test in Japan in August 2008.
Thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of 'Transcendence' up for grabs for six lucky readers!
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.
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'Transcendence' is available on Blu-ray and UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 27th.
We've already seen a bunch of other memory manufactures unveil their DDR4 RAM, but now we have G.SKILL joining the high-speed ranks. The company has just unveiled its new Ripjaws 4 series of RAM, which has speeds starting at 2133MHz, all the way up to 3200MHz.
There are a bunch of 32GB kits available at 2133, 2400, 266, 2800 and 3000MHz, as well as 64GB kits available at 2133, 2400, 2666 and 2800MHz. If you want the 3200MHz kit, they'll only come in a 16GB kit, with four x 4GB sticks. G.SKILL's new Ripjaws 4 RAM supports most of Intel's upcoming quad-channel capable X99-based motherboards, including Intel's new XMP 2.0 profile standard.
Intel's upcoming Haswell-E platform will reportedly only support up to 2133MHz, with 2400MHz and above kits being helped out by XMP 2.0 to run at their much higher frequencies. G.SKILL has also slapped on an updated heatspreader, which comes in three colors: blue, black and red. Pre-orders are beginning to pop up in the US, with the 2133MHz 16GB kit priced at $259.
We still don't know much about Google's next blip on the Android radar, simply known as Android 'L' or Android 5.0 right now. But Android Police have been doing some digging on Android L, finding evidence that Google might be using the codename of "Lemon Meringue Pie" for Android 5.0.
The site has been looking into it, as well as one of their readers chipping in, where they have located "multiple official sources in code and documentation that list the next release as "LMP," which can only refer to the delicious baked good". Better yet, they found an extract from the Android SDK, where it mentioned the current preview builds of Android L available for both the Nexus 5 and 7 are the "lmp-preview-release".
Then there's some Wi-Fi certification for a new tablet from HTC, known as "Flounder", which has popped up before as the Volantis. The firmware here is noted as "LMP". We should hopefully hear more about Android L, 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie in the coming months.
AMD has announced its latest GPU during its 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming Innovation event, the Tonga PRO-based Radeon R9 285. AMD's new Radeon R9 285 GPU features 1792 Stream Processors, either 2GB or 4GB of VRAM set at 5.5GHz, a Core Clock of 918MHz and a 256-bit memory interface.
The new Radeon R9 285 requires two 6-pin PCIe connectors, has 176GB/sec of memory bandwidth, a 190W TDP, and will be available on September 2 starting at around $249. The new Radeon R9 285 will be joined by another GPU in a few weeks time, the Tonga XT-based Radeon R9 285X. This new GPU will have more Stream Processors, kicking up the numbers from 1792 to 2048, increasing the TMU count from 112 on the R9 285 to 128 on the R9 285X.
AMD's latest GPU is positioned between the Radeon R9 270/270X and the R9 280X, and will compete against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760. In AMD's testing on Battlefield 4 at 2560x1440, the Red Team reports that the new R9 285 is "up to 15% faster" than the GTX 760. At $249, is the new AMD Radeon R9 285 something that will have you upgrading your PC?
There's not much time until IFA 2014 kicks off, with two weeks until the event left. Some photos have popped up on Naver, showing off the new Gear VR headset from Samsung, a new VR headset that will connect up to your compatible Galaxy smartphone for some VR goodness.
We now, possibly, know the model number of the new headset: SM-R320, but other than that, we only have a few pictures to share with you today. We should see Samsung unveil, and launch the new Gear VR hardware next month, which will be compatible with the company's Galaxy S5 smartphone. Samsung's Gear VR should feature an OLED display, which should be similar, if not identical to the one found inside of the Oculus Rift DK2 unit - which is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 panel.
Google's Chromecast represents some incredible value for money at $35, with it selling millions of devices since it launched last year. But now the latest rumors are pegging Microsoft on releasing its own Chromecast-like device.
The report is coming from Windows Phone Daily, who spotted some documents that point to Microsoft's upcoming device that will feature Wi-Fi, HDMI compatibility, and a USB port - similar traits to Google's streaming dongle. If Microsoft do release this streaming device, it won't be using Google's Cast technology, as it has a separate filing with the Wi-Fi Alliance that will use Miracast for its streaming abilities.
The problem is, Miracast isn't as good at streaming as Google Cast, as it won't work with multiple people in the same room who want to control what is being blasted to the TV. Mirroring screens between your Windows Phone and your TV shouldn't be a problem, though.
A 25 year old English would-be pirate has been jailed for 33 months for filming last years 'Fast and Furious 6', using a mobile phone camera and uploading the video file to the web, a day before the film began showing in US cinemas.
Philip Danks was apparently easy to locate by UK police and representatives from the Federation Against Copyright Theft after Danks used the same handle 'Thecod3r' on multiple websites, including dating site Plenty of Fish.
In their victim impact statement, Universal Studios valued the leak at 2.3 million pounds, or nearly $4 million USD, based on the estimated 779,000 downloads and more than a bit of Hollywood accounting. The film went on to gross nearly $800 million worldwide.
In a day and age when it seems a movie is in cinemas one day and then available on Blu-ray the next, why people choose to ruin the experience with awful cams, just for the sake of being able to say they've seen it before their friends, is beyond me. But it's safe to say that Thecod3r's days of releasing is over.