For those of you waiting for the PC system requirements for Respawn Entertainment's very first game, Titanfall, we have them here for you, below:
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
- Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Video card: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT
An interesting addition to this news, is that Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has said that a Mac version of Titanfall is something the studio is "talking about" and that he'd "like to see it happen". Titanfall on the Mac would definitely be an interesting thing to see, that's for sure.
Sapphire Technology has announced the R7 250 Ultimate video card, a passively cooled video card based on the AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. No mechanical moving parts and a passive heat pipe and heat sink cooler that is quiet and fanless creates a great possibility of new video card designs, as demonstrated by Sapphire.
The video card has a core speed of 800MHz with 1GB of DDR5 memory, with Sapphire claiming it's the fastest passively cooled 1280bit GPU currently available. AMD included support for up to three monitors, 4K ultra-high-definition, an HDMI 1.4a port, dual-link DVI port, and DisplayPort 1.2 port.
DirectX 11.1 support is provided and the card is Microsoft Windows 8-compatible, as AMD and Sapphire wanted to ensure latest software is supported.
The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate GPU is currently available.
Google may have opened up the Chromecast SDK for developers, but don't expect to see any porn through the $35 product - banning any content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, and sexually-explicit material.
Google also warned child porn supporters that the authorities will be notified whenever discovered. From the Google fine print:
"We don't allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child sexual abuse imagery. If we become aware of content with child sexual abusive imagery, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution."
This isn't a big surprise, as Google decided to turn down porn-related apps from its Glass product, with the company trying to get its product supported for all audiences. Gambling apps also are banned from Chromecast, including online casinos and sports betting apps that reward gamers with cash or other currency.
Razer has a very short and sweet tease on its Facebook page, announcing: "We're excited to announce that we'll be working with Microsoft to bring out peripherals for the Xbox One. Stick around for more info to come".
The peripherals maker teases an image with the Xbox One and an announced Razer-made Xbox One controller, with the simple: "Coming to Xbox One." It'll be interesting to see what Razer does with the peripherals on the Xbox One, but I'm sure it'll end up surprising most people with something new, and fresh for the just-released next-gen console from Microsoft.
The founder of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, has been indicted and faces significant time in prison if he's found guilty, as the federal government attached the "kingpin statute" to the case. The FBI has seized more than $150 million in Bitcoin, the only type of currency Silk Road accepted from customers.
Ulbricht was arrested in October and has been charged with computer hacking, money laundering, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, and running a narcotics conspiracy. If convicted of all charges, Ulbricht faces a life-sentence, with some charges carrying 20-year minimum sentences - and the trial is expected to start later this year.
Not surprisingly, the federal government wants to make an example of Ulbricht and his accomplices, to prevent other groups from trying to fill the void. Estimated profits from Silk Road topped $22 million in annual sales, so the temptation will drive someone else to create a similar service.
There are very few things I look forward to spending money on every month, but the Humble Bundle is one of those things. I enjoy it so much that I actually have a line item in my budget titled "Humble Bundle Funds." While not all Humble Bundle's feature my flavor of gaming goodness, the new Humble Bundle is exactly what I have been hoping for.
Today Humble launched the Sid Meier Bundle which features the full edition of Civilization III and Civilization IV, as well as Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, followup Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, and 2006 railroad business sim Sid Meier's Railroads. If you pay more than the average you will land Civilization V as well as its Gods and Kings DLC. Additionally, a donation of $15 or more will land you Brave New World, the latest DLC for Civ V. Unlike previous bundles, this new one will support Action Against Hunger instead of the EFF and Child's Play.
Today Valve announced that it has begun testing a new feature its calling Steam Music, that will allow gamers to bring their audio collection into SteamOS and Big Picture Mode. Allowing users to play music from within Steam while gaming from within Steam is something that users have been asking for for years now, and it finally looks like Valve is listening.
Importing your music into SteamOS and Big Picture Mode is quite easy and only requires the user to tell Steam which directory the music is stored in. Once Steam knows where to look for the tunes, the app will build a music library in steam and users can build out playlist, and even control tracks the same way they track achievements while in-game. At the moment, the new feature is only being rolled out to those who have opted in to test it, however, anyone can join the test group by visiting the Steam Music group in the Steam Community.
Today, Google announced that its engineers working on the company's Chrome Browser have built-in a new feature that automatically warns users of changes made to browsing settings by malicious software. The announcement came via a blog post from Linus Upson, Google's vice president of Engineering.
"Despite this, settings hijacking remains our number one user complaint. To make sure the reset option reaches everyone who might need it, Chrome will be prompting Windows users whose settings appear to have been changed if they'd like to restore their browser settings back to factory default," said Upson. "If you've been affected by settings hijacking and would like to restore your settings, just click "Reset" on the prompt below when it appears."
The blog post went on to say that resetting everything back to original defaults will disable all user-installed extensions, apps and themes, and that users will need to re enable them if they wish to continue using them. Google made no mention on how this new feature will affect extensions and apps that inject ad-ware such as popups and audio onto the users screen, but we sincerely hope that it marks them as malware as well.
As more smartphones, tablets and mobile devices enter the workplace, employees and decision makers must work to embrace methods to ensure security doesn't actively interfere with usability. Just five percent of companies use biometric authentication currently, but that is expected to increase up to 30 percent by 2016, according to the Gartner research group.
Complex passwords are sometimes required for mobile devices, though Gartner believes interface activity, voice recognition, face topography and iris structure, for example, will prove to be more secure.
"Mobile users staunchly resist authentication methods that were tolerable on PCs and are still needed to secure access on mobile devices," said Ant Allan, Gartner Research VP, in a statement. "Security leaders must manage users' expectations and take into account the user experience without compromising security."
Many casual consumers are only beginning to understand mobile security issues, though companies embracing 'bring your own device' (BYOD) remain confused on how to best protect devices. As biometric authentication solutions advance, there is great potential of significantly more secure products for companies to choose from - and that will only advance in the future.
With the 2014 Mobile World Congress almost here, handset companies are beginning to release details on some of the phones we will see at the event. Today LG began promoting its G Pro 2 in hopes to drum up some hype about the upcoming phablet. Information posted on the company's Korean website states that the G Pro 2 will feature a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and full HD video capture capabilities.
LG says that the new form of optical image stabilization will also feature a software counterpart that will further improve the performance of the device, and will ensure a blur-free image even in dark environments where image blur is a big issue. Furthermore the new rear camera will feature the ability to capture full HD video in slow motion mode, as Ultra HD video capture. Additional features include a 20-shot burst mode that will aid in capturing the perfect action shot.