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.
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.
A surprise announcement at the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC)
Have you dreamed about making an epic game if only you had access to the right tools? You're in luck. It just so happens that Epic Games is offering anyone and everyone an opportunity to tap into its next generation Unreal Engine 4 for $19 per month. In addition to the monthly subscription fee, you also agree to fork over 5 percent of gross revenue resulting from any commercial products you build using UE4.
If you thought the wearable computing craze was going to simmer down anytime soon, think again. Google is throwing its weight and resources behind the wearable computing movement by announcing Android Wear, a modified version of the company's open source operating system. Android Wear extends Android into wearables starting with the obvious -- smart watches -- though Google has more in mind than being able to tell time and fire off text messages.
AMD can talk about the benefits of its Mantle API until it's blue in the face, but what gamers really want to know is how the numbers work out once all the dust settles. To address those folks, the Sunnyvale chip designer sent us a handful of examples of performance boosts today's upcoming Mantle patch for Thief will bring to gamers, based on AMD's own internal testing. Let's have a look.
Microsoft is making a mistake to hang XP out to dry, Avast says
Avast COO Ondrej Vlcek doesn't think Microsoft is doing Windows users a solid by discontinuing support for Windows XP next month. Vlcek digitally inked a cautionary blog post warning Microsoft that turning its back on XP is a "big mistake" that will have negative repercussions not only for XP users, but for the "whole ecosystem." As it stands, Microsoft is planning to end support for XP on April 8, 2014.
AMD made some big claims in regards to its Mantle API, which were finally put to the test when support was rolled out for Battlefield 4. Now it's the Thief reboot that will get the Mantle makeover courtesy of a new patch Eidos is reportedly planning to launch tomorrow. In addition to adding support for Mantle, Thief will become to first game feature AMD's TrueAudio technology.
Torrent site YTS takes over development of the controversial app
Started as a small experiment by “a bunch of geeks from Buenos Aires”, Popcorn Time emerged out of nowhere on the tech media’s radar earlier this month, earning itself such flattering appellations as the “Netflix for pirates” and attracting scores of collaborators from all over the globe on Github. Despite initially displaying remarkable equanimity in face of questions over the cross-platform, BitTorrent-based movie streaming app’s legality, Popcorn Time’s creators did something very unexpected on Friday by abruptly shutting it down.
If you only plan to access Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 suite from a single PC, then you might feel like you're overpaying for a subscription that includes access on up to five different PCs. To address that, Microsoft today announced that it's adding an Office 365 Personal subscription plan for individuals. The plan runs $7 per month or $70 per year if billed annually and allows users to connect one PC or Mac and one tablet.
At least two handset makers are said to have free access to Windows Phone licenses
While various bean counters may disagree on the exact numbers, all of them have Android and iOS dominating the smartphone market. Microsoft would like nothing more than for its Windows Phone platform to at least be in the hunt, though as it stands, Windows Phone and BlackBerry are in a dogfight for a distance third place finish behind the big two. That being the case, Microsoft is reportedly offering free Windows Phone licenses to select handset makers.