Computex 2014 - After seeing so much tech in my life, it takes something quite big to really impress me - but GIGABYTE did just that last week at Computex. The company had one of its latest Aorus gaming notebooks on display, running Battlefield 4 on a triple-screen setup for a total resolution of 5760x1080. Check out the video below:
Impressive, isn't it?! Inside of the GIGABYTE Aorus X7 gaming notebook, we have a 17.3-inch Full HD display, Intel's Haswell-based Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR3L-1866MHz RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GDDR5 GPUs in SLI, up to 3 x 512GB mSATA SSDs with a 2TB drive as storage, a 1920x1080 display with 72% NTSC Color Gamut, with all of this arriving in at just 0.9 inches thick, and just 6.6lb or 3kg in weight.
Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT has announced its Sova wireless keyboard and mousepad combination, giving couch PC gamers the chance to enjoy a unique desktop gaming experience. For people that use their PCs or portable electronics from the couch, using Sova will help eliminate uncomfortable couch gaming.
The Sova has a modular design with flexible and adjustable parts so gamers can modify it for their own comfort and ergonomic needs. ROCCAT includes multiple USB ports and supports any type of mouse, understanding each gamer has different needs.
"Sova is the option for gamers wishing to expand their arena without sacrificing gaming experience," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Platforms like Steam are fantastic, but the experience can be devalued by the lack of adequate gaming equipment. Gamers who wish to stream PC games to a living room television will no longer need to put up with latency issues and can now experience couch gaming at its fullest."
Former vice president Al Gore said former NSA contractor Edward Snowden did "an important service" when he publicly disclosed mass spying and surveillance. It's the most vocal support Snowden has received from a U.S. lawmaker, and shows there is still a fierce debate regarding his loyalties.
Gore was careful not to paint Snowden as a traitor, nor did he describe Snowden as a whistleblower: "What he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the US constitution that were way more serious than the crimes he committed." Gore also said organized surveillance by the NSA was "a threat to democracy, to the heart of democracy."
Politicians are continually voicing their opinion on Snowden and his actions, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying Snowden is a "coward." Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said he personally would consider pardoning Snowden, while Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the former NSA contractor never raised any snooping concerns.
The worldwide security software revenue increased 4.9 percent up to $19.9 billion in 2013,
Considering the large volume of cyberattacks, just 4.9 percent growth is rather slow, but two of the top five major security vendors saw a decline in growth.
As users struggle with sophisticated malware that traditional anti-virus software cannot detect, it's possible the market will see an uptick in sales. Threats are evolving and it will be up to these companies to try to create next-generation security platforms.
"Overall, the larger trend that emerged in 2013 was that of the democratization of security threats, driven by the easy availability of malicious software and infrastructure (via the underground economy) that can be used launch advanced targeted attacks,"Ruggero Contu, Gartner research director, in a statement. "This ubiquity of security threats has led organizations to realize that traditional security approaches have gaps, thereby leading them to rethink and invest more in security technology."
Peripheral company Logitech announced it has teamed up with several eSports teams, relying on professional gamers to help promote Logitech G hardware. It's a clever marketing idea by Logitech, giving free gaming gear and support to these teams, in exchange for them using the peripherals during tournaments and competitions.
Logitech will now support the following teams with Logitech G headsets, gaming mice, keyboards and mouse pads for tournaments: Alliance from Sweden and Germany, Korea's CJ Entus, Japan-based DetonatioN, Invictus Gaming in China, mYinsanity in Switzerland, XCN in Indonesia, and the U.S.-based Cloud 9, Hammer Time and Team SoloMid.
Here is what Ehtisham Rabbani, Logitech gaming business GM, said in a press statement: "The teams on our roster are the best in the world and need gear that can perform at their level - that's why the alliances we've struck make so much sense. We believe in eSports and the industry's certain future as the next mainstream sports obsession. We're proud to work alongside these world-class athletes making that future a reality."
Alienware has announced at E3 that its Steam machine called the Alienware Alpha will not run the Valve Steam OS as was expected. Alienware has instead fitted the machine with Windows and it will use an Xbox 360 wireless controller.
The machine was unveiled with Windows at E3 this week and it will ship during the 2014 holiday shopping season. The Alpha will sell for $549. Part of the reason why the machine is now to be sold with Windows is that Valve has delayed the Steam Machine OS and its controller until 2015.
A hacker group from Shanghai, China is responsible for using cyberattacks to target aerospace companies in the United States and Europe, according to a recent report from CrowdStrike. An alleged hacker group with ties to the People's Liberation Army, dubbed "Putter Panda," operates command and control servers and intelligence-gathering operations.
Launching phishing attacks using custom-designed malware, the hacker group targeted Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office, and other popular apps.
"Putter Panda is a determined adversary group, conducting intelligence-gathering operations targeting the government, defense, research and technology sectors in the United States, with specific targeting of the U.S. defense and European satellite and aerospace industries," according to a recent release from CrowdStrike.
Amazon has announced a new plan that will allow it to compete more directly with PayPal. Amazon plans to start processing payments for startup companies and other firms. The service will launch soon and allows over 240 million active users to use the credit card details stored on Amazon to pay for services.
Services that users can pay for using Amazon's new payment service including things like monthly phone bills, digital music subscriptions, and more. Amazon will charge a fee for each transaction. Amazon currently acts as the middleman for a number of companies and this move will broaden that role.
Sony has announced that its Vita TV will be renamed to the PlayStation TV for the United States, Canadian, and European markets, the company announced. The device will cost $99 and be available this fall. A $139 bundle that includes the PlayStation TV unit, DualShock 3, 8GB memory card, HDMI cable and "Lego Move: The Video Game" will also be available.
Gamers will also be able to stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games through PlayStation Now using the device. However, PlayStation TV doesn't have 1080p support, and relies on 1080i and 720p video formats, which some potential consumers might find disappointing.
Unlike its previous battle against Microsoft, the Sony PlayStation 4 is out selling the Xbox One in the next-generation console war - and introducing the PlayStation TV in new markets should only help Sony. Sony outsold Nintendo for the first time in eight years, and is continually outselling the Xbox One worldwide.
Facebook killed off its first attempt at competing against Snapchat not long ago. That first attempt was an app called Poke. Facebook accidentally released a new app that it aims to use to compete with Snapchat this week.
The app is called Slingshot and is designed to let you send photos and videos to friends that can be drawn on and captioned. The photos and video disappear once you view them. The app went live in the Apple App Store in a few countries, but was later pulled. Before you can view an image that a friend sent you, you must send them one in return.