Valve is serving up something a little different via Steam, its digital distribution platform for games. The "Daily Deal" on Steam is for the latest version of Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark, which you can snag for $8.49. That's a 66 percent discount over its normal selling price of $24.95. The cool thing about the latest 3DMark release is that it's a cross-platform benchmark for Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT (coming soon), allowing you to compare scores from two totally different devices.
Like Photoshop and Word, CyberLink’s PowerDVD has the ability to give users upgrade fatigue. Sure, the new features are nice, but is the latest version really worth it? For many, the answer has been no, thus you find a lot of folks still rolling Word 2003, Photoshop 7, and, well, PowerDVD 9.
Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of the magazine.
Minus the rampant crime, Los Santos County is surprisingly pleasant
A new time lapse video by YouTube's The Despicable Channel highlights some of the many things to do and see in Los Santos County, the fictional setting for Grand Theft Auto V's many illegal antics. However, if you take away the obscenely high crime rate, frequent murders, and the fact that you could be mowed down by an out-of-control driver even when you're walking on the beach, there are worse places to live, and certainly lots of leisure to be found.
All GeForce GTX owners playing BF4 should install these drivers, Nvidia says
You should always be cautious about installing beta software, and if it's a mission critical system you're dealing with, we'd advise against running any pre-release code just because you never know what kind of stability issues may need to be ironed out. At the same time, if you're GeForce GTX owner who plans on jumping in the Battlefield 4 beta (it opens to the public tomorrow), Nvidia says it's essential you install its 331.40 beta driver.
New beta drivers arrive just in time for the Battlefield 4 beta
For those of you eligible for early access, the beta for Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC went live yesterday. If you're not eligible for early access, you only have to wait a couple more days until the open beta, which is scheduled for Friday, October 4th. Either way, AMD has a new set of beta drivers available for Radeon graphics card owners, and among the additions are game profiles for single GPU and CrossFire setups for BF4.
Rockstar Games issued an update yesterday morning that unlocked Grand Theft Auto V's online gameplay component, but rather than smooth sailing once it flipped the switch, the debut of Grand Theft Auto Online proved a rocky road for many gamers, myself included. It's a two-fold problem of technical issues on Rockstar's side, and an influx of traffic from scores of gamers who eagerly awaited the update.
Don't worry Windows 8 users, the update is still free
Anyone rocking a legal copy of Windows 8 is eligible to receive an update to Windows 8.1 free of charge when it's made available on October 17, 2013 (two weeks from this Thursday), though if you haven't made the leap to Microsoft's touch friendly operating system, you can jump straight to Windows 8.1 for $120. That's the cost of the full version of Windows 8.1, and it's now available to pre-order.
Now that another month is in the books, we have yet another opportunity to gauge Windows 8's ability to penetrate the market and make some predictions. One of those predictions is that despite Microsoft's best efforts to the contrary, Windows 7 could become the next Windows XP, meaning the last generation operating system could become one that users cling to for years to come.
In a major shot in the arm for Microsoft’s struggling Windows RT platform, Delta Air Lines has announced that later this year it will begin deploying the company’s upcoming Surface 2 tablet across its Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets with the aim of “replacing heavy paper-based flight kits containing navigational charts and aircraft operating and reference manuals.” It expects to complete the rollout by the end of 2014, by when a total of 11,000 such Surface 2 electronic paper bags will have found their way into its cockpits.
Nobody expected Steve Ballmer to go quietly, and he didn't
Having announced his impending retirement at the conclusion of a 12-month (at the latest) search for a replacement chief, Steve Ballmer finds himself savoring several last moments. The most recent and so far the most emotional of those moments came during what is in all likelihood his last annual meeting with employees. It was essentially a farewell meeting, and it left Ballmer in tears.