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.
Winter is almost over, though depending on where you live (like the midwest), you might not know it by the amount of snow that sits unmelted outside. Nevertheless, Nvidia is ready to welcome the spring season by offering two fresh game bundles with the purchase of select GeForce GTX desktop graphics cards and GeForce GTX-powered laptops. One of the freebie offerings is a downloadable code for Daylight, the first game built around the Unreal Engine 4.
Malware writers didn't take a vacation in 2013. Just the opposite, McAfee noted a sharp rise in ransomware, Android malware, suspicious URLs, and other malicious attempts to steal users' data, which the security firm published in its Threat Report for the fourth quarter of 2013. When combining all of its findings across mobile and desktop, security firm McAfee said it detected 200 new threats every minute, or more than three for every second that passed in 2013.
Nvidia posts new GPU drivers a day ahead of Titanfall's release
If you own a GeForce graphics card and plan to pick up Titanfall tomorrow, Nvidia suggests you get busy installing its new GeForce 335.23 drivers, which are both WHQL-certified and tweaked to deliver "the best possible gaming experience" for the upcoming FPS developed by Respawn. And if you don't plan to play Titanfall, there are still reasons to install the latest driver release.