Another great week in the world of all things technology, starting off with a battle of GPUs with the rumored and still-not-announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II vs. the AMD Radeon R9 390X and R9 380X. Samsung is also rumored to be unveiling its new Galaxy S6 handset at CES 2015, which is only a couple of weeks away.
AMD were also in the news with its new Dynamic Frame Rate Control (DFRC) technology, while Oculus VR acquired Nimble VR, a hand-tracking startup. Oculus VR also announced a partnership with Runtastic for VR workouts while Apple teased its A9 processor being in production with Samsung, being constructed in the United States. LG plans to show off a sure-to-be gorgeous 55-inch 8K TV at CES 2015, while Bose is rumored to soon unveil its own music streaming service.
For those with money burning a hole in their pocket, you can purchase a new smartphone for $6000, while Google blacklisted over 11,000 WordPress-powered websites after they were hit with the SoakSoak malware.
What a week for the gaming world, eh? We've seen Nintendo tease the possible use of shape-shifting LCDs, Rockstar continuing the tease with a glimpse/rumor of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2, as well as a better look at the upcoming 'online heists' mode coming to GTA V.
Sony's UK boss has come out saying he was "embarrassed" over the launch of Driveclub for the PS4, while Metro Redux hit SteamOS and Linux. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the best-selling game in the US, but it still lagged behind the sales of Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Ubisoft pushed back a patch for Assassin's Creed: Unity, but it didn't matter as the 6.7GB patch turned out to be a huge 40GB patch for Xbox One users. 343 Industries also said during the week that it expects Halo to be around for another 30 years, which is a big surprise.
Our latest Podcast is here, with some interesting things being revealed and announced in the last week or so in the world of technology. We saw ASRock tease its new X99 WS-E/10G motherboard which features two 10GbE ports, Anonymous hacking the leader of the KKK, AMD tease its Radeon R9 390X "Captain Jack" GPU, as well as us teasing the world of the possibilities from the Radeon R9 490X, which could have 1.2TB/sec of memory bandwidth.
NVIDIA updated its Shield Tablet LTE with Android 5.0 Lollipop, robots are now milking cows for us, James Cameron comes out and talks about the Avatar sequels, saying that you will "s**t yourself" when you watch them. A 28-year-old hacker barely dodges 440 years in jail, President Obama signed in the E-Label act which will see the FCC labels on the back of smartphones no longer required, LG's CEO stepped down citing health issues, and the boss of Xbox Japan resigned after poor sales of the Xbox One in Japan.
Starbucks shops in the San Francisco Bay Area will soon receive wireless chargers, AMD's Radeon R9 295X2 could be found for as little as $679 last week, while Dell was selling its 28-inch 4K monitor for just $299 on Black Friday. ASUS teased its super-small GTX 970 DirectCU Mini, while LG flaunted the launch of its G Flex 2 smartphone for CES 2015 in January. Speaking of smartphones, Samsung had its all-metal Galaxy A7 go through the FCC, while AMD promised 20x the energy efficiency for its APUs by 2020.
We also learned that Intel will be powering the next revision of Google Glass, while schools in Finland will soon remove cursive handwriting from their school curriculum, replacing it with keyboard skills. Intel is promising 10nm CPUs in the near future, with 7nm on the calendar for 2017-2018 or so, and the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung should soon receive Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. Finally, TZOA hits Kickstarter, as a portable, wearable device that detects the environment, including air quality, around you.
This week I'm joined by the ex Community Manager for Tt eSports here in Australia, Chris Smith. If you've noticed, he has been writing news for us for a couple of weeks now, but he'll now be a regular on our Podcast.
This week's Podcast covers all things Ubisoft, as usual, but we also discuss a bunch of other topics like DayZ hitting beta in 2015, the Game of Thrones game, and free DLC for Assassin's Creed: Unity. Pets are being introduced into Star Citizen since it has hit $64 million, oh and Ubisoft patching Assassin's Creed: Unity and making the graphics even worse.
Also on the agenda, was The Crew launch, and a tease of Rocksteady getting back into the developers chair of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight. Maniac Mansion's spiritual successor has reached its $375,000 funding goal, the Xbox One will soon receive a dashboard update that will provide the look of Windows 10, and there were over 200 prototypes of the Xbox One controller before a final design was chosen.
This week has been an interesting one, with lots of stories of patching games up - such as Assassin's Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We also talk about Sony cutting down on its investment into TVs and smartphones, putting it more into its PlayStation division, and Blood Sport; the intravenous line that would take blood from you when you get hit in a game, yeah - it was a real thing, but not any more.
I also talked about the various Driveclub problems on the PS4, GTA V for PC having 'Just For PC' specific features like a video editor, major bans for CS:GO gamers, and Ubisoft telling gamers not to trust early reviews of The Crew. We also quickly discussed Sony's new image sensor, that could blow minds next year.
The last week or so in the world of technology has been a busy one, with one of the most impressive things teased was from GIGABYTE. The company teased their super-small, factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 970. We see it fitting into a Mini-ITX motherboard, with a WindForce-like cooler, and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, PayPal, eBay and Tesla Motors has warned the world that the pioneer of AI will be "summoning the devil". From there, we have Netflix teasing three new original shows coming out next year, and much more. Check out the Podcast above.
Our latest gaming Podcast is out, where we talk about some of the biggest things that have happened in the last week in the gaming world. This includes Activision and Sledgehammer Games asking PC gamers to have 6GB of RAM and 55GB of HDD space to run Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Microsoft having issues to build a screenshot taking ability into the Xbox One, Naughty Dog promising 1080p at 60FPS for future games on the PS4, GTA V rumored to be at 1080p on the PS4 which reportedly looks amazing, and much more. Check it out, below.
This week, we reboot our Podcast, where I sit down and discuss the huge issue of Ubisoft's games running at 30FPS. This includes Assassin's Creed: Unity running at 30FPS, The Division locked at 30FPS, The Crew also at 30FPS, oh and did I mention Far Cry 4 at 30FPS? What about
Well, the Podcast above has me blabbering on for around half an hour, talking about it all. Not only that, but I discuss the problem the 'next-gen' consoles are going to have over the next few years, the prospects of a subscription-based Steam Box which could radically change the gaming market, and the entire technology sector.
A lot has happened in the world of technology in the past week or so, something I discuss in our Weekly Tech Podcast, which you can watch below.
There's lots to talk about, with Intel teasing its new 15-core Xeon processor, MasterCard and Visa pushing in a new PIN-based credit card to the US, Netflix announcing a third season of House of Cards and much more. Tune in to get the latest in tech news!
The week just gone in the gaming world was quite hot for news, with some big stories breaking over the past week - something we cover in Podcast #12.
Lots happened in the gaming world over the past week, with EA coming out and calling Battlefield 4 an "exceedingly successful product", Flappy Bird coming in and out of our lives, over 15 million copies of Diablo 3 have now been sold, Titanfall beta registrations opening up, and a new police-themed Battlefield title is reportedly in development with Visceral Games.