Looking ahead to the 2014 Christmas shopping season, gamers and studios have a lot to look forward to. Christmas spending is expected to be the highest in years, with PC gaming surging while Microsoft and Sony both promote their own game consoles.
Here is what Blake Jorgenson, EA chief financial officer, noted in a recent interview: "A year ago, there were only a handful of titles. We had five of them, so we benefited from that." The addition of "new software coming into the marketplace - our software, as well as competitors' software" should make this year different. "I think the trend is positive."
Gamers looking to purchase a Microsoft Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4 will see lower prices and a wider selection of game titles to choose from - as retailers also show keen interest in bringing customers into their stores.
It's no surprise that the plasma TV industry is dying out, and it appears LG Electronics is the latest company ready to abandon ship. LG will pull the plug on plasma TVs by the end of November, which tallied just 2.4 percent of its annual revenue in 2013.
"We wanted to keep it going as long as we could," said Ken Hong, LG spokesman, when speaking to Reuters. "No matter how much we try to keep it going it's just not a business anymore."
Plasma TVs couldn't keep up with increasing resolutions supported by LCDs, along with generating significantly more heat than newer technologies. Samsung will be the only TV manufacturer still supporting plasma TVs once LG ends its business next month - the Korean rival will still make plasma TVs, but that might not be for much longer.
Lite-ON is launching their latest line of enterprise SSDs at Dell World 2014. The new EP1 Series leverages the M.2 connection with 4 lanes of PCIe 2.0 speed. The EP1 series is designed for the enterprise space and features power loss protection to guard against data loss during unsafe shutdowns. The new modules can cram up to 1TB of fast storage onto a relatively tiny M.2 form factor SSD, yet still deliver incredible performance. The EP1 series SSDs will top out at 150,000 4k read IOPS, and 44,000 write IOPS.
The PCIe connection also enables ultra low latency of 40/30 microseconds for read/write transactions. Customized firmware will also include multiple layers of protection from data loss, and tailors the device for application workloads such as online transaction processing (OTP), financial transactions, E-commerce, SQL logging, collaboration, and email servers.
Lite-ON isnt skimping on endurance either, with a 1 DWPD (Drive Write Per Day) threshold and an MTBF of 2 million hours.
Electronic Arts today announced that Battlefield Hardline will be released on March 17, 2015 in North America, with a March 19, 2015 release date set for Europe.
Instead of a war-themed game, Hardline takes a new spin on cops versus robbers, with a single player storyline of officer Nick Mendoza fighting corrupt cops and drug dealers in Miami. Multiplayer gamers will play in teams "on one side of the law or the other," trying to either complete heists as a criminal or bust the bad guys as law enforcement.
Battlefield Hardline was delayed until 2015 so developers had additional time to make improvements and closely evaluate beta player feedback. EA doesn't want a repeat of the chaos that ensued with the release of Battlefield 4, which suffered numerous problems.
Samsung will have to work to defend its home territory against an Apple invasion, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders immediately became major draws. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus publicly launch in Korea on October 31.
It didn't even take one hour for pre-orders to reach "tens of thousands," which was a higher number than the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 when it was released in September. The KT Corp noted it saw pre-orders surpass 50,000 in 30 minutes, while SK Telecom said its first two presale order batches were sold out.
Apple has found success in Asia with its latest smartphones, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 20 million preorders in China earlier this fall.
Americans are "occasionally" or "frequently" worried about having their credit card data stolen by hackers and having their PC or smartphone hacked more than any other crimes, according to a recent Gallup poll. A whopping 69 percent of poll respondents are worried about store data breaches leading to personal information being stolen, while 62 percent are worried about PC or smartphone security - significantly ahead of the 45 percent of people worried about their home being burglarized while away.
Consumers with salaries $75,000 or above are most concerned about potential debit and credit theft, as they spend more and are more likely to have multiple credit cards.
The high-profile data breaches of Target, Home Depot, and other major retailers helped finally wake up more Americans about the potential of data breaches. However, consumers and business users are still vulnerable to phishing and malware attacks, which haven't received the same amount of media attention.
The kool-aid continues to be consumed over at Ubisoft, with Far Cry 4's Creative Director, Alex Hutchinson, having some interesting things to say when it comes to 1080p.
When asked about resolution, Hutchinson said: "It's certainly not something I care about in a game" when asked by Total Xbox about the target resolution of 1080p and 30FPS for Far Cry 4 on Xbox One and PS4. He continued: "It feels weird to me that people are cool about playing a sort of retro pixel game, and yet the resolution somehow matters. It's like: is it fun, is it interesting, is it new, is it fresh, are there interesting questions. With the 4K TVs and things - somebody was telling me that with a 4K TV, to even see it, your living room has to be big enough to sit like 12 feet from the screen. I don't know the exact numbers, but it starts to get a little crazy. I'm just in it for the experience, I'll play a SNES game if it's cool".
It continues, where Hutchinson reiterates that resolution isn't that important, where he said that consumer interest in high-end visuals is starting to fade away, rendering itself at a resolution of 480p, probably. He agreed with the sentiments of Crytek's Nicolas Schulz, who back in October said that it's getting "difficult to really wow people" with flashy graphics (we'll come back to that in a minute, Nicolas). Hutchinson backed Schulz up, saying: "Exactly. And also I think it's a bad axis. We should not be in a business that sells itself - we are, a little bit, but that sells itself on the flavour of like, gadgetry and technology. I think that's a bad sign. If our thing is 'woo, the same exact thing you had before, at twice the resolution, instead of a new thing'... A new spin or an evolution, I think is much more interesting".
WalMart and other major US retailers don't want to bother testing the Apple Pay mobile payment service, looking to commit to development of their own payment systems.
"The economics and benefits of having your own payment system is definitely one of the main reasons," noted Hitesh Sheth CEO of the Vectra Networks retail cybersecurity company. There is a risk of the mobile payment market fracturing even further, but retailers hope to cut out transaction fees that Visa, Mastercard, and other credit card companies collect.
For retailers currently accepting Apple Pay, most users have reported a relatively easy experience completing transactions. However, with growing talk of rival services expected, Rite Aid and CVS both pulled the plug on Apple Pay over the weekend - and Apple will have to work to convince other retailers to jump onboard.
Lazy gamers across the world will soon be able to order pizza through their Xbox One console, with the latest reports that Domino's will soon release their app for Microsoft's console.
The Sunday Times is reporting that a Kinect-powered application will require users to simply ask the Xbox One "Dominos's, feed me!" where you'll be taken to the pizza ordering application to choose your base and toppings. Microsoft partnered with Pizza Hut last year for a similar app, which was on Xbox 360 that allowed users to order pizza from their consoles.
A whopping 94 percent of companies have suffered one data breach in the past 12 months, with 12 percent claiming they suffered at least a single targeted attack launched by cybercriminals, according to security software maker Kaspersky Lab. Nine percent of organizations in 2012 and 2013 reportedly suffered targeted attacks, as cybercriminals make sure their tactics evolve.
"The survey results clearly indicate that many businesses now recognize that the threat of a targeted attack is very real and could be very harmful for their organization," said Chris Doggett, Kaspersky Lab North America managing director. "With major breaches being reported regularly now, it is critical for businesses of all sizes to make protection of their IT infrastructure their top priority, especially given the damages that arise from each successful targeted attack."
Cybercriminals have also been found to target smaller companies so they can steal business email contacts - having direct access to contact names, email addresses and phone numbers of other possible future targets.