Yes, Microsoft is within its rights to peek in your Hotmail
A side story that got lost in yesterday's revelation that authorities arrested a former Microsoft employee for allegedly leaking Windows 8 trade secrets to a French blogger is how Microsoft was able to track down its suspect. Simply put, the blogger was using a Hotmail account, so Microsoft granted itself access to his inbox. Based on the emails it read, Microsoft had a culprit, but was this a breach of privacy?
Google has announced that Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection, encryption was implemented back in 2010 as a default option, for users sending and checking their email starting today. According to Google, this means that no one will be able to listen in if using Gmail on public Wi-Fi, phone, tablet, or computer.
DirectX 12 provides developers with lower level access to hardware
Microsoft unveiled details about its DirectX 12 API at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) today. According to Microsoft, its team of engineers redesigned the API with a focus on speed and efficiency. DX12 will enable richer scenes, more objects, and fully utilize modern GPU hardware. On top of it all, DX12 works across different types of Microsoft devices, including phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and the Xbox One.
In a game of one-upmanship, Crytek undercuts Epic Games on subscription pricing model
Crytek today announced the launch of its "Engine-as-a-Service" (EaaS) program, which is a fancy pants way of saying developers can license its CryEngine technology on a subscription basis. The cost is $9.90 per month, which trumps the $19 per month subscription plan Epic Games rolled out for its Unreal Engine 4. Further upping the ante, developers who subscribe to the EaaS program don't have to make any royalty payments on commercial products they build using CryEngine, whereas Epic Games requires a 5 percent kickback.
It remains to be seen if AMD's Mantle API can be a game changing force, but it at least bodes well that developers are showing interest. The newest member to the Mantle team is Crytek, which entered into a technology partnership with AMD to add native Mantle support to its CryEngine game engine. Make no mistake, this is a big win for AMD, which itself is still figuring out how best to utilize Mantle.
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Dota 2 is one of the most competitive and popular online games today. While Valve’s complex strategy game may sound intimidating to someone unfamiliar with the massive online battle arena (MOBA) genre, the goals of the game are fairly straightforward: Two teams of five players are engaged in a territorial tug of war and the ultimate goal of each match is to destroy the enemy base. While the premise is relatively simple, the depth and skilled required to master the game has captivated millions around the world.
Get ready to see 15-inch and 17-inch all-in-one systems
We're still waiting on someone to build a premium 30-inch all-in-one (AIO) with high-end gaming components, ample cooling, and easy upgrade features. Perhaps someday. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a handful of PC makers are reportedly going to test the market for smaller size AIO PCs. We're talking 15-inch to 17-inch models, which some surmise could decrease the demand for larger laptops.
An ex-Microsoft worker is accused of sending confidential Windows information to a French blogger
One of Microsoft's former employees has been arrested and ordered held without bail for allegedly leaking Windows 8 trade secrets to a French blogger, court documents revealed today. His name is Alex Kibkalo and he used to work for the Redmond outfit in Lebanon and Russia. Prosecutors in the case claim that Kibkalo provided the blogger with confidential Microsoft documents, including screenshots of unreleased versions of Windows.
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Power users needn't worry, the desktop is alive and thriving!
These days you can't flip on the Internet without being bombarded by tablet and smartphone announcements. Hey, we love mobile just as much as the next geek, but we're also stoked when major players take time to shower some love on the desktop, which is what Intel did at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) today. One thing Intel unveiled today is an 8-core Haswell-E CPU.