For those who purchased the LTE-powered version of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, you will be receiving your Android 5.0 Lollipop update any moment now. This comes in a week after the normal Wi-Fi model received its deliciously-named OS update.
Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't the only surprise, as there are also updates to NVIDIA's own apps, with some new features. NVIDIA has added in layer support, custom color creation, and stencils in NVIDIA's Dabbler app. There are also streaming abilities to full versions of over 20 PC games that can be found in Grid, within the Shield Hub app.
The Sony PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a significant sales lead over the Microsoft Xbox One throughout 2014, but after a price cut, Microsoft is reportedly closing the gap. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity for Microsoft to make the next-generation console market even more competitive.
The Xbox One has some major exclusive titles: Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Sunset Overdrive. Game titles such as Titanfall are available for the PC, but not on the PS4 - and only boost the Xbox One's catalog even further.
It will be telling to see how each company does after the holidays, with consumers expected to open up their wallets to spend on gaming hardware and software this year, analysts predict.
James Cameron is ramping up the excitement for his Avatar sequels, of which there are three coming out back-to-back starting December 2016 through to December 2018.
Cameron has come out talking about the Avatar sequels to Empire Magazine, where he said: "I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open". Cameron has been working on the Avatar sequels for five years now, without starting production yet, so this is really saying something. He talked about the frame rate of the movie too, where he said he won't be shooting at 60FPS or 120FPS, but will shoot at 48FPS.
He continued: "My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market. I'll be plugging into a system that's a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point".
Google has just updated Google Now, which is now capable of providing a countdown timer to your important event. This might be reminding to brush your teeth, or a doctors appointment, or even your own wedding.
Android Police discovered the new ability of Google Now, with the countdown timers reportedly being part of your reminders. As it stands, these reminders aren't tied to the Calendar right now, so you can't add the doctors appointment into your calendar, and have Google Now remind you of it. Although, you could create a countdown timer separately.
Android Police explains: "Basically, if you have a reminder related to an event Google knows about (like Christmas, for instance), Google will pick up on that and - on your reminder card - serve you a countdown. The functionality doesn't seem to work with things like birthdays yet, so it probably won't work with any personally-connected events, but it does work with events that Google as a service recognizes, like holidays".
Last year it was revealed that Microsoft spent some $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, but it's only now that we're finding out that the company went through 200 prototypes before landing on the final design.
During an interview with MCV, Design Lead Carl Ledbetter talked about the work that went into the final Xbox One and controller design, which took over three years. He said that Microsoft spent over 500 hours testing the controller, with over 1,100 different consumers. He said: "Nobody says anything about the little things on the hardware. If somebody is using the controller and after 30 minutes is saying 'my hands are starting to hurt.' then that's a fail. But if after 30 minutes all they're thinking about is the game, then we're doing OK".
Ledbetter compared the work on the controller and console itself, to the design of an expensive sports car "and then you opened the door and the handle felt a little strange". He continued, adding that Microsoft had learned from previous mistakes, adding "An example of something we got wrong was the first Xbox controller. It worked, but it wasn't the right size for people".
Motorola has just pushed through another ad for its second-generation Moto X smartphone, which has some fun with the fact of how customizable the phone is before you order it. Check out the ad below:
The new ad follows a new smartphone buyer, Ben, who is constantly making changes to his Moto X through the Moto Maker online portal before he commits to the final design. On the other side of the ad is his doppelgänger who is running around making the various changes that Ben is making to his phone, making him do some last-minute fixes to the Moto X before shipping it.
The ad is smart, and simple, and shows off how customizable the Moto X is.
Blizzard Entertainment wants potential customers to enjoy its titles with prices for up to 75 percent off. The deals are available via the Battle.net Store and are good until Tuesday evening.
Diablo 3- $20
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - $20
Diablo 3: reaper of Souls Digital Deluxe Edition - $40
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - $10
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition - $25
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - $10
World of Warcraft and all of its expansions - $5
This sale is a perfect time to update your Blizzard catalog and start playing some cheap games.
Some unofficial benchmarks have surfaced on the alleged AMD Radeon R9 300 series GPU, something that is arriving as "Captain Jack" from the Pirate Islands family of products.
The GPU was benchmarked against a slew of other cards, on a bunch of different games. These games were all benchmarked, which provided a heavily-stacked average FPS, versing this mystery card against a bunch of other cards on the market. You can see in the image above, that the "Captain Jack" sample kicks some serious ass with 65.6FPS average, against the 50.1FPS average of the R9 290X and the 56.6FPS average of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980.
But these days, it's not all about brute performance, but performance-per-watt. The "Captain Jack" sample GPU is doing quite well here too, with load power consumption of an average of 197W. This is compared to the average power consumption of the GeForce GTX 980 pulling 185W, while the R9 290X pulls much more, at 279W. Whatever this card is, if it turns out to be true, AMD could really stomp back into the market with a card that goes toe-to-toe with the GeForce GTX 980, and some.
Anonymous has continued its #OPKKK campaign against members of the Ku Klux Klan in Missouri, after the group brazenly challenged the hacker collective online. The @KuKluxKlanUSA Twitter account was compromised last week, and the hacking fun was only beginning for Anonymous.
I won't link directly to the dox page, but it doesn't take much imagination into how one would easily find the information posted online, courtesy of Anonymous. Frank Ancona, the "KKK Imperial Wizard," had his address, phone number, Social Security number, credit card information, and other personal information - with the dox also targeting his wife - posted online.
Anonymous also might target government websites and infrastructure in Missouri to respond for the Grand Jury failing to indict Officer Darren Wilson: "We find it disturbing that you, the grand jury, have chosen this patch as everyone will not choose to stand calm and let you choose to let him walk free. As you've seen all the riots and businesses, police cars, etc., being burned down while Anonymous shall target any Missouri government or bank sites now, so you better increase your security because we're here and we're not going to stand by and watch you let this man walk free."
LG is one of the first to drop Android 5.0 Lollipop onto its flagship G3 smartphone, in its home country of South Korea at first. This is the first step for the G3, with international versions of the handset to soon receive the new OS.
Better yet, people who have updated their G3s to Android 5.0 have reported that they're seeing slight performance increases. We should see Lollipop updates for the other G3s around the world in the coming weeks, and then we should hopefully see LG updating their older handsets, such as the G2 with the new OS from Google, too.