SteamOS would feel a little lonely right now, and quiet, but Steam Music beta is coming, very soon. Steam Music will allow gamers to listen to local music files within SteamOS, while playing games.
The closed beta is accessed by joining the Steam Music community, where you might get randomly selected. Valve has said that the beta testers will be "invited in waves" before the feature goes live for everyone.
Take-Two has enjoyed a great start to the year, reporting its GAAP net revenue for Q3 2014 at $1.86 billion. This is up a massive $415.77 million from the same quarter of last year.
The reason behind this is because of some big-selling titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5, NBA 2K14, and WWE 2K14. GTA 5 may have launched in Take-Two's Q2 2014, but it pushed its results to Q3, because of the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online. GTA 5 has shipped a massive 32.5 million copies, and NBA 2K14 has become 2K's most successful basketball game to date, with over 5 million units shipped.
Take-Two's digital content sales grew 42% year-over-year to $132.8 million, but we still have no word of GTA 5 for the PC or next-gen consoles, but Take-Two CEO Strauss Zeknick did tease: "Looking ahead, we have a robust pipeline of both new intellectual properties and offerings from our proven franchises in development, including more than 10 unique titles for the next-generation consoles".
European Union police officials want the ability to disable a car's engine remotely, from a central control facility. This feature is already available and deployed into some vehicles, such as GM's "Stolen Vehicle Slowdown" service on its 2009 and newer OnStar-featured vehicles.
The EU effort wants to see a standardized, mandated system that would allow police to control cars directly, skipping the car companies having control. The Telegraph is reporting the news, where it suggests that if it is pushed through the EU, we could see it rolled out before 2020. One member of British parliament has been against it, saying that "the price we pay for surrendering our democratic sovereignty is that we are governed by an unaccountable secretive clique".
The Telegraph has its hands on some documents suggesting the technology hasn't been developed yet, but with multiple big name automotive makers developing it on their own, it is only a matter of time.
Minecraft has sold over 14 million copies on the PC and Mac, thanks to Markus "Notch" Persson's latest update on Twitter, where he said:
Considering the alpha of Minecraft was released back in May 2009, it has taken close to five years to reach this point. The full version of Minecraft launched in November 2011, and as of August 2012, over 17 million copies of the game were sold.
Mobile World Congress kicks off on Monday, 24th February in Barcelona, Spain, but it looks like Samsung is finally starting to tease its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5.
Samsung has sent out some press invites, which has plenty of 5's on it. Samsung is calling the event Unpacked 5, which should give us a big tease as to what to expect. What else would Samsung be unveiling that has a 5 on it, and is as important as its upcoming sure-fire hit of a smartphone? We will find out in just a few weeks time!
Today, HighPoint Technologies announced the launch of a new line of PCIe Expansion Stations that feature Intel Thunderbolt technology. The new NA211TB and NA211TB-LD Thunderbolt Expansion Stations can be connected to any system featuring Thunderbolt connectivity to transform that system into a powerful workstation.
"Why sacrifice performance for portability? Why give up efficiency for expandability? With HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations, you no longer have to trade the convenience of compact form factor and portable computing for the performance and versatility of a traditional desktop," the company said in a release. "HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations enable any computer with a Thunderbolt port harness the power and flexibility of full-size PCIe cards - all via a single compact port!"
The new NA211TB features support for up to three Thunderbolt-Aware, full-length PCIe cards, and connects to your PC or Mac using only a single cable. The NA211TB is the perfect platform for any I/O requirement - whether adding video or audio capture card for a media project, networking support or external storage expansion for business applications, or simply adding SAS/SATA or USB 3.0 connectivity to your laptop.
Pornhub saw some interesting traffic over the weekend as the Super Bowl took place, with traffic dipping heavily at 3PM, but building up incredibly high from Denver between 7-9PM.
With the game starting at 3PM, traffic on Pornhub dipped heavily, but as of around 5PM it looks like porn watchers from Denver decided to skip the game in favor of some digital lovin'. Seattle-based Pornhub visitors weren't alone, but they didn't start jumping onto the site until around 9PM, hours after Denver fans checked out of the Super Bowl.
Some interesting numbers for Pornhub here, to see how quickly fans at home were jumping back onto their desktops and laptops and onto Pornhub during a disappointing game for the Broncos.
Those who were excited to see HTC launch its successor to the HTC One at the 2014 Mobile World Congress are in for some disappointment today. A new report our from @evleaks, a very reliable source when it comes to smartphone information, has informed us that HTC will not be launching the M8 (aka HTC One 2) at MWC 2014.
On Twitter, @evleaks said "Starting to look like a late Match, NYC launch for HTC M8." which means that we should still see the HTC One's successor arrive next month, and in a grander fashion than would be possible at MWC 2014 which is held in Barcelona. Rumors speculate that the HTC M8 will feature a 5-inch 1080p screen, and will be powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. 3GB of RAM could be possible as well, and HTC will most definitely drop the Beats Audio hype this time around.
Less than one year after the public launch of its Chromecast HDTV dongle, Google has finally opened up the software development kit for developers trying to get in on the fun. The Cast SDK was previously available, but was in a restricted form as Google worked with exclusive partners to give them earlier access to create Chromecast apps.
"With the Chromecast, we're resetting consumer applications," noted Rishi Chandra, Google Chromecast director of product management.
App developers now have the ability to integrate Chromecast apps with Google Android, Apple iOS, or Web-based apps - and Google developers believe the potential for Cast-enabled apps is huge - joining Netflix, YouTube, Chrome, and a small number of apps Google immediately included support for from launch.
For many years now, Malwarebytes has been a staple in many Windows users anti-virus / anti-malware toolbox. It gained this position not only because it works so well, but because it was a powerful solution that was completely free. Today the company announced that Malwarebytes 2.0 will
be moving away from its free to download model be moving away from a lifetime licence model, and will instead move to an annual subscription licensing model.
The company says that Malwarebytes 2.0 will cost users $24.95 per year with a licensing covering three separate PCs, a fee that is much cheaper than many of the big-name anti-virus programs on the market. "As more and more people have come to rely on us for malware protection and cleanup, our costs in bandwidth, hosting fees, infrastructure, salaries of our researchers, QA department, and more have grown immensely," explained Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes. "Though our company is about more than just making money, we are a company and we do have to make money to pay our staff to continue doing what they love, which is fighting malware. The subscription model will help us to be sustainable for the future while staying true to our roots that we will always make malware cleanup free for everyone"
Malwarebytes says that its customers who have already purchased lifetime licenses will not need to pay the annual subscription fee, and the company will continue to offer lifetime licenses for a short period to ease the transition for those users who have wanted to take the lifetime plunge, but have yet to do so. What do you think about Malwarebytes moving to
a paid version only model to a annual subscription over lifetime license model, and will you be jumping in to grab one of the few lifetime licenses left?