Irrational Games has announced that BioShock Infinite Season Pass holders on Steam will soon enjoy some BioShock-themed items in the immensely popular Team Fortress 2.
What should we expect? Well, a Benjamin Franklin mask, a George Washington mask, and the Team Fortress 2 version of the Little Sister's Big Daddy Pocket Doll. These items will be very exclusive, being made only for BioShock Infinite Season Pass owners, and will come free in addition to all of the other content that pass holders receive.
The pass itself costs $19.99 and includes the Clash in the Clouds add-on, Burial at Sea - Episode One, Burial at Sea - Episode Two, and the Early Bird Special Pack.
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Not long ago, we tested our SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPUs in Crossfire, with some incredible power consumption numbers. The performance was increased, too, but how does it compare against a couple of reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780s in SLI? Well, the NVIDIA cards kick all sorts of ass in the power consumption department, something you can read more about below.
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Samsung has just outed Black Editions of its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini, weeks before it debuts its new Galaxy S5 smartphone. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition is pretty much identical to the standard S4, with a 1.9Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and unfortunately, only Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - for now.
The Galaxy S4 mini Black Edition feautres the same specs as the smaller S4's, with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing snapper and the same Android 4.2.2 OS on top. The Black Editions will however, "sport a high-quality leather-like textured black back cover and bezel" and also "come preloaded with a suite of eight dedicated wallpapers for both the home and lock screens as well as several new and exclusive ringtones".
We reported earlier on that Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, said that Apple should think about making an Android-based smartphone, but it looks like we - along with most tech press - got it wrong.
In an e-mail to Gina Smith of aNewDomain, Wozniak said: "They got it quite wrong for their own reasons ... I'm used to things like this, (where the media turns) 'could' into 'should.' But the idea caught a lot of attention. It was just (my) independent idea ... I'm sure others have said it before but I get more attention".
Wozniak continued: "I was asked some general question as to BlackBerry. I said, as I have before, that I felt BlackBerry's best (plan) two years ago would have been to make an Android phone. I went into how the world seems to be Apple lovers and Apple non-lovers. I did say Apple 'could' make an Android phone. But I (said) total business decisions would be in the hands of knowledgeable Apple execs - not me".
The Apple co-founder finishes his e-mail with Smith saying: "I questioned how much this would compete with the iPhone business. My answer was brief and more thrown out like art, to mention a rare and dramatic idea to get people to (start thinking)".
Just before the weekend kicked off, HBO teased a trailer for its upcoming comedy series, Silicon Valley, from creator Mike Judge. You might have watched some of Judge's previous content, such as Beavis & Butthead, Office Space, and King of the Hill.
The new HBO comedy comes from Judge's experience as a Silicon Valley engineer back in the late 80s. The show will follow introverted, social misfits living in a "Hacker Hostel," a "startup incubator" owned by millionaires in Silicon Valley. The show will see an 8-episode run starting on April 6. The trailer is pretty NSFW thanks to its content, but I'm incredibly excited to see what Judge can deliver.
Virtual reality and augmented reality hardware and software products are changing the way users interact in the living room and at the PC. The Oculus Rift, Avegant Glyph, and smart glasses might get a lot of the attention from gamers, but VR and AR create potential for so many business and enterprise apps.
Smart glasses are being used as training tools for industry decision makers trying to embrace new technologies and cut prices, as the military, medical, and biotech companies show interest in VR.
As VR hardware continues to evolve, the bundled software also provides great opportunities for consumers and business users. Sixense's MakeVR 3D modeling software, which needs a 3D multi-touch interface, pushes the boundaries of the type of software that can be developed in the future. The MakeVR Kickstarter reached $56,000 of its $250,000 goal just three days after launch.
Moving forward, Oculus, Sony, Vuzix, Recon Instruments, Google, Meta, GlassUp, and other companies are helping drive innovation.
In the continued battle against cyber warfare, the FBI recently opened the door to security experts willing to share information about malware. Specifically, the Investigative Analysis Unit (IAU) wants to create "global awareness of the malware threat" in anticipation of what lies ahead in the future. The request for quote (RFQ) is a unique effort to purchase malware so the FBI intelligence services are able to try and reverse-engineer the security threats.
The FBI is currently seeking security firms to submit malware samples for federal computer teams to learn more about how the malicious software is made and distributed. Executive files, digital media files, exploited code, and Office documents will be collected, though security experts are welcome to try and stump the FBI with select malware.
Sophisticated malware continues to plague desktop and mobile users, with malware targeting Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple OS X/iOS.
During an interview with Wired, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that the iPhone maker needs to build Android-based smartphones in order to boost its market share.
He added that the iPhone has the right amount of features and capabilities, and doesn't need the added innovations - that are sometimes gimmicky - that other smartphones have. Wozniak added: "There's nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market. We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of styling and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time".
Apple could use Android on the iPhone, as it is an open source OS - it wouldn't be anywhere near as good as a pure Android device like the Nexus line of smartphones, but it would be an interesting path for Apple to take.
Flappy Bird burst onto the scene, addicted thousands, and is now disappearing behind the shadows once again. Creator of the game, Dong Nguyen, has tweeted that he plans to "take Flappy Bird down".
He said he would take it down 22 hours after posting the tweet, which went live at 2:02pm EST. Nguyen clarified: "it's not anything related to legal issues," adding "I just can't keep it anymore". There's no exact reason behind Nguyen's reasoning for taking it down, as he also dismissed the idea of selling Flappy Bird, too.
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia is being broadcasted by NBC in the United States, with streams into the living room, over the Internet, and on mobile devices. NBC teamed up with Microsoft, using the company's Azure Media Services video service platform that Microsoft powers with its own data centers.
Analysts believe Olympic viewers will watch and stream the Olympics for at least six hours per day, which was the average during the 2012 London Olympics.
"We are pleased to be working once again with Microsoft, and we are confident that Windows Azure Media Services will help us provide the most robust streaming experience ever for a Winter Olympics," said Richard Cordella, NBC Sports Group Digital Media GM, in a statement.
Major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, Olympics and World Cup, present a great opportunity for tech companies to test their cloud computing products. Microsoft Azure already powers around half of Fortune 500 companies, and working with NBC at the Olympics presents a great way to woo potential clients.